Two hours before Hurricane Isaac made landfall on 28 August 2012, a satellite orbiting hundreds of miles above the storm used a radar instrument to map its inner structure. The instrument on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) observed two extremely tall complexes of thunderheads called hot towers in the eyewall, a sign that the storm was strengthening.
GMES, the European Earth Monitoring programme, has published a user guide to its new, free of charge emergency mapping service, the GMES Initial Operations Emergency Management Service (GIO EMS-Mapping). The guide will be made available on the GIO Portal.
The National Military Geographic Institute of Ecuador is a Technical Institution within the Ecuadoran military. It was created to develop the national mapping and the geographic and cartographic files of the country. It also develops services in the scientific field of astronomy and earth sciences to support military operations and defend the national sovereignty and development.
The geological Surveys are national organizations which guarantee an updated geological and environmental knowledge on the national territory of the Dominican Republic. They are responsible for executing national geological mapping on an appropriate scale, evaluating geological resources (mining, water, energy) and their integration into geo-referenced databases.
Esri has announced the launch of a new website, MapSAR that provides GIS tools for personnel search and rescue (SAR). "The launch of the MapSAR website is the result of a community of search and rescue personnel linked together by their use of GIS," says Russ Johnson, global director of
A new mapping tool that analyzes how climate change, natural hazards, conflict and aid intersect in Africa has been developed by the Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program. The CCAPS is an initiative piloted by the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin.