Red Cross

Tracing Ugandan City Development with high-resolution Satellite Imagery

The American and Ugandan Red Cross have partnered up with the U.S. State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit and HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) in a project to trace the cities of Gulu and Lira in Northern Uganda using high-resolution satellite imagery. They invite and encourage all HOT members, followers and fans to join in and help them trace these rapidly expanding cities which are rebuilding after years of conflict.

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Thu, 16/08/2012 - 09:46

International Red Cross: GIS increasingly important in humanitarian mapping

Geographic information systems (GIS) become increasingly important to international humanitarian organizations such as the International Red Cross (ICRC), as René Saameli, the ICRC's GIS coordinator, explained in a recent interview. GIS becomes especially useful when operating in the aftermath of a natural disaster or other humanitarian emergencies. "It's vital to know where the beneficiaries are, how to reach them and what infrastructure they already have. Obtaining a map that provided this information used to be quite difficult, or simply impossible because the map didn't exist.

Publishing Date: 

Thu, 12/04/2012 - 08:51

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