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, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs)
Publisher: US National Drought Mitigation Center
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: The European Environment Agency (EEA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM)
Type: hazard specific data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Type: elevation, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: paid
Hazard: Drought, Earthquake, Epidemic, Extreme Temperature, Flood, Forest Fire, Mass Movement, Pollution, Severe Storm, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export map
Publisher: DigitalGlobe
Type: land use, land cover data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought
Format: export data
Publisher: VITO
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Conservation Biology Institute (CBI)
Type: baseline data, land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data, statistical data (e.g. graphs)
Publisher: World Bank Group (WBG)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Harmful Algal Bloom, Pollution
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO/IOC), EOMAP
Screenshot of World Wide Lightning Location Network Tropical Cyclones (WWLLN-TC)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Severe Storm
Format: export map
Publisher: University of Washington in Seattle
Type: elevation
Costs: paid
Format: export data, web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: Airbus Defence & Space
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: WorldPop
Screenshot of Zansea
Type: baseline data, land use, land cover data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Mass Movement, Flood, Pollution
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH)

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