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, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Center for Hazards and Risk Research (CHRR) at Columbia University
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 Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)
Screenshot of GDO
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought
Format: export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Joint Research Center, European Commission (JRC)
Screenshot of GEDI
Type: baseline data, elevation, land use, land cover data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Climatological, Forest Fire, Meteorological
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: elevation
Costs: free
Hazard: Earthquake, Flood, Mass Movement, Pollution, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Landslide
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: The University of Sheffield
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring), web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring), web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: Global Fire Emissions Database (GFED)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring), web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Screenshot of Global Flood Awareness System (GLoFAS)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Copernicus Emergency Management Service (Copernicus EMS)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Center for Hazards and Risk Research (CHRR) at Columbia University
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: export data, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: World Resources Institute (WRI)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Earthquake, Mass Movement, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Type: elevation, hazard specific data, land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Earthquake, Epidemic, Extreme Temperature, Flood, Forest Fire, Insect Infestation, Mass Movement, Pollution, Severe Storm, Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: University of Maryland
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Mass Movement
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Screenshot of Global Landslide Hazard Distribution
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Landslide
Format: export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Mass Movement
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Center for Hazards and Risk Research (CHRR) at Columbia University
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM)

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