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 deforestation, weather forecasting, creating epidemiological real-time maps and vulnerability mapping. The data collected will be accessible freely for researchers and public institutions. Specific training activities as well as regional research programmes will be offered to Haitian researchers.

According to Jean Marie... 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 resources from ongoing research in Haiti as part of the broader Haiti Research and Policy Program at the Earth Institute (EI) at Columbia University.

Featuring an online interactive map component, the Haiti Geoportal is designed to let communities and partners download maps that provide benchmarks for core integrated development indicators, household socio-economic variables, and environmental features. The data covers... 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 prevention intervention that melds high-technology innovation with low-technology solutions to reduce the impact of natural hazards in the communities of South East Haiti and the South East border region between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The six-month project involves mapping vulnerable communities and weaknesses in the immediate environment through handheld GPS. This initiative will also develop, with support from community leaders and using community structures already in place, a series of preventive measures to minimize risk and prevent damage during disasters triggered by natural hazards.

In addition, PADF will apply mitigation measures to reduce disasters risks and develop monitoring processes to ensure the preparation of the pre-disaster and post-disaster actions, as well as... 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 coastal houses swept out to sea. In the aftermath of the storm, 17,200 people have been placed in shelters.

USGS on behalf of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) activated the Charter... 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. CATHALAC will continue monitoring the situation.

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 response and recovery operations. HDDS provides data access and delivery services through graphic and/or traditional directory-based interfaces that allow emergency response personnel to select and obtain pre-event baseline and post-event emergency response imagery. The initial graphic user interface for the Hazard Data Distribution System, HDDS2, was released June 2010.

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 create the most detailed map of Haiti ever created.

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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-spatial information systems experts used fresh satellite imagery to rebuild missing maps of Haiti and plot a picture of the changed reality on the... 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 stages. We need to start this conversation now. What we saw in Haiti will happen again."

While the final study is... 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 response. The mission was performed during the period of March 14-20, 2010, and benefited from the substantive support provided by the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations to Haiti (SRGS) and the MINUSTAH-GIS unit. One of the main goals of the Mission to Haiti was to assess how space-based information has been used by different agencies during the recovery phase of the Haiti earthquake. To achieve this goal, UN-SPIDER established contacts with representatives from a variety of agencies on the ground, who provided documents and insights into the recovery situation in Haiti.

The mission was able to find examples how space-based information was and is currently used to support ongoing recovery activities and established links with several units which are... 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 of the danger zone.”

Source: University of Miami

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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 badly affected.

Under the 'International Charter on Space and Major Disasters' , ZKI  (Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information; ZKI is a part of DLR, under the umbrella of the German Remote Sensing Data Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen ) makes available satellite data, particularly those from the TerraSAR-X satellite developed and operated by DLR, in crisis situations in... 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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