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Satellite image of Haiti and the Greater Antilles

On 17 November 2014, the Convention on Satellite-based Environmental Monitoring in Haiti (SEAS-Haiti) was signed by representatives of France and of Haiti.

At the agreement's core is the implementation of a technological platform for sustainable environmental management in Haiti and the Caribbean, using satellite imagery for research, training, innovation and sustainable development.

Part of the agreement is the establishment of a Remote Sensing Center on the Henri Christophe of Limonade campus of the State Universiy of Haiti (UEH), which will collect data from various satellites in order to assist a wide range of activities, such as monitoring... read more

Publishing Date: 20/11/2014
3-D Visualization of Port-à-Piment Watershed, Republic of Haiti

After four years of field research and analytic support provided to the Republic of Haiti and multiple partners there, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) has launched the Haiti GeoPortal, as CIESIN reported on their website.

CIESIN elaborates: "The Haiti Geoportal is a platform for spatial and environmental data and... read more

Publishing Date: 04/10/2013
By mapping vulnerable communities through handheld GPS, the project will identif

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and Taiwan (Province of China) announced the launch of the Haiti/DR Disaster Mitigation Project, an innovative crisis and risk... read more

Publishing Date: 10/04/2013

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated twice in the context of Hurricane Sandy - the largest Atlantic tropical storm system on record. UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA activated the mechanism on 29 October 2012 for Haiti. Hurricane Sandy tore through the Caribbean between 26-28 October, leaving a reported 51 dead in Haiti and another 15 missing. The country's housing and terrain are particularly vulnerable to flooding, and the refugee camps from the 2010 earthquake have also been affected by the storm. The southern part of Haiti was most affected by the storm, which includes the capital of Port-au-Prince and the 370,000 earthquake refugees in simple wood and tin shelters. More than 200,000 people have been left homeless following the storm, with some... read more

Publishing Date: 13/11/2012

UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office CATHALAC published a subsequent analysis on the flooding of Lake Azuei in Haiti. On 19 September 2012, CATHALAC had already provided an analysis of floodings caused by lakes Azuei in Haiti and Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic. The most recent analysis of Lake Azuei, based on Landsat-7 imagery captured on September 16, 2012, shows how the Lake has expanded by some 12.2% over its area in January 2007 (and 15.6% over its area in September 2000). While Lake Azuei's expansion has not claimed as much land as the expansion of nearby Lake Enriquillo, its expansion has flooded almost 1,500 hectares of land on its banks since 2007. Furthermore, flooding has reached the west of the Lake, where the surface has expanded by almost 3km, and in the central eastern part of the Lake land roughly 1km east of the Lake have also... read more

Publishing Date: 02/10/2012

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean) conducted a satellite-based analysis of floodings caused by the lakes Azuei in Haiti and Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic. As indicated recently by the Associated Press (AP), the expansion of these lake has caused flooding of neighboring farmland, and consequently, significant damage in both countries

CATHALAC's satellite-based analysis indicate that the area of Lake Azuei has expanded by some 14.4%, to 13,369 hectares, while Lake Enriquillo has expanded by some 62.2%, to 33,280 hectares. This analysis is based on Landsat-7 imagery captured on August 31, 2012. Nevertheless, the MODIS / Terra image captured this morning indicates that the areas remain flooded.... read more

Publishing Date: 19/09/2012

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) offers SPOT data for Hurricane Isaac over Haiti acquired on the 28 and 29 of August 2012. A total of 40 images is available. Users can download public and restricted image datasets after registering and logging in to the USGS HDDS portal.

The USGS Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) provides quick and easy access to imagery and geospatial data that supports emergency... read more

Publishing Date: 31/08/2012

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s (HOT) response to Haiti remains one of the most remarkable examples of what’s possible when volunteers, open source software and open data intersect. When the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on January 12th, 2010, the Google Map of downtown Port-au-Prince was simply too incomplete to be used for humanitarian response. Within days, however, several hundred volunteers from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) commu-nity used satellite imagery to trace roads, shelters, and other features to... read more

Publishing Date: 07/09/2011

The vital role of new information technology in responding rapidly to sudden onset emergencies is highlighted in a new United Nations study released today, identifying best practice and lessons learned from last year’s devastating Haitian earthquake.

The study, Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies, launched at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference 2011, analyzes how the humanitarian and emerging volunteer and technical communities collaborated in the aftermath of the Haitian quake that killed more than 200,000 people and made 1.3 million more homeless, and recommends ways to improve coordination in future emergencies.

The report spells out how hundreds of geo-... read more

Publishing Date: 29/03/2011

Traditional helpers in disaster relief, such as the U.N. and world governments, provided aid after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti in January 2010, leveled Port-au-Prince, claimed 230,000 lives and caused US$14 billion in damages.

The technology space also played a role in humanitarian efforts as Haitians buried under rubble sent text messages with their locations and open-source mapping communities documented the island. To further research technology's role in disaster relief, the United Nations Foundation and it partners commissioned a study from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) on the topic.

"Our job is to design an interface between the U.N. and volunteer technology communities as well as citizens from affected nations," said John Crowley, a research fellow at the HHI and the report's lead author. "We are really at the beginning... read more

Publishing Date: 21/01/2011

In its function as provider of Technical Advisory Support, UN-SPIDER conducted a mission to Haiti to support national agencies in charge of disaster-risk management and emergency... read more

Publishing Date: 30/03/2010

According to the new data, the earthquake rupture did not reach the surface which is unusual for an earthquake this size. More importantly, the images confirm that only the western half of the fault segment that last ruptured in 1751 actually ruptured in the current earthquake. “We’re still waiting for the other shoe to drop,” says Tim Dixon, professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science.

Dixon is looking at every bit of evidence to try to understand the possibility of another major quake hitting Port au Prince in the near future.  “There’s a reasonable probability of another large quake, similar to the January 12 event, striking Port au Prince within the next 20 to 30 years,” Dixon says. “I’d like to see them re-locate critical infrastructure such as government buildings, schools and hospitals, farther north out... read more

Publishing Date: 10/02/2010

Following the devastating earthquake on Haiti, relief organisations require rapid, reliable and meaningful information on the local situation, the state of the infrastructure and the extent of the damage for their deployment in the disaster zone. In this context, scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are giving important support by providing free access to maps of the crisis region based on satellite data. At the moment, the researchers are focusing particularly on Port-au-Prince, the capital of the Caribbean island state, which has been particularly... read more

Publishing Date: 02/02/2010

To support the international response efforts to the major earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January, UN-SPIDER has set up a SpaceAid Updates page. This webpage provides the latest information on space-based assets to support disaster response efforts in Haiti.

It can be accessed through:
UN-SPIDER SpaceAid Updates - Haiti Earthquake

 

Publishing Date: 13/01/2010

Advisory Support

The devastating earthquake,which hit Haiti on 12 January 2010 created an unprecedented situation in the country. Within hours of the disaster,UN-SPIDER facilitated the activation of the International Charter and activated its network. Recognizing the need to support the Civil Protection Agency of Haiti (CPA),UN-SPIDER conducted an Expert Mission with the goal of identifying the needs of CPA and other government agencies regarding the access to and use of space-based information to support response and recovery efforts.

Mission dates: 14/03/2010 to 20/03/2010

The devastating earthquake, which hit Haiti on 12 January 2010 created an unprecedented situation in the country. Within hours of the disaster, UN-SPIDER facilitated the activation of the International Charter and activated its network. Recognizing the need to support the Civil Protection Agency of Haiti (CPA), UN-SPIDER conducted an Expert Mission with the goal of identifying the needs of CPA and other government agencies regarding the access to and use of space-based information to support response and recovery efforts.

Mission dates: 14/03/2010 to 20/03/2010
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