Data Sources

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This database provides descriptions of a large variety of satellite imagery, elevation models, land use and land cover maps as well as near real-time data products for different hazard types. You can search the database by data type or hazard as well as by other relevant factors including costs, temporal or spatial coverage, satellite or file types.

When you select a specific country under "spatial coverage", please note that the system will retrieve datasets that are exclusively carrying information for that specific country (and no other country). This means that global datasets, which include information for a particular country of interest as well as for other countries, will not be displayed. As a result, it is recommended to start with a global search.

The results of each search are connected to other items on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal, such as the database of GIS and remote sensing software and the descriptions of natural hazards.

To support Member States in identifying and accessing relevant space-based information, UN-SPIDER also creates booklets that provide an overview of data sources listed on these pages and of particular interest to the countries it is providing technical advisory support to. The following booklets are available:

- Tunisia

- Ethiopia

- Cameroon

Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought
Format: export data
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Volcanic Eruption
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Copernicus
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free with restrictions
Hazard: Drought, Extreme Temperature, Flood, Forest Fire, Severe Storm
Format: statistical data (e.g. graphs)
Publisher: European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Earthquake, Mass Movement, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Epidemic, Insect Infestation, Drought, Forest Fire, Earthquake, Mass Movement, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption, Flood, Extreme Temperature, Severe Storm, Pollution
Format: export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs)
Publisher: United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Harmful Algal Bloom, Earthquake, Epidemic, Extreme Temperature, Flood, Forest Fire, Insect Infestation, Mass Movement, Pollution, Severe Storm, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: NASA Earth Science Disasters Program
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Harmful Algal Bloom
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Screenshot of National Hurricane Center (NOAA-GTWO)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Severe Storm
Format: export data, export map, web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Harmful Algal Bloom
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Oceans and Coastal Information Management System (OCIMS) South Africa
Type: baseline data, land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Natural Earth
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Australia Government Bureau of Meterology
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Harmful Algal Bloom
Format: export data
Publisher: Copernicus
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire, Pollution, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire, Pollution, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Pollution
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood, Severe Storm
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood, Severe Storm
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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