SEDAC Hazards Mapper (NASA)

Data provided by:National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Data accessibility:visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring), web processing/cloud computing
Link to the data:
File type:webmap
Data type:hazard specific data
Hazard:Forest Fire, Earthquake, Flood, Pollution
Disaster cycle phase:Disaster Risk Management, Response, Recovery
Space-based Information:The Hazards Mapper home page is a base map of the world with darker shaded areas indicating higher population densities. Custom population estimates generated by the Hazards Mapper are provided by SEDAC’s Population Estimation Service (PES). Population and settlement data are based on SEDAC’s Global Rural-Urban Mapping Project (GRUMP) and Gridded Population of the World, version 3 (GPWv3) data collections. GPWv3 provides a resolution of roughly 4 km (2.5 miles) at the equator. This population resolution will increase significantly when the updated version, GPWv4, is released in 2016. “Our new population layer will be at a resolution of 1 km (0.6 miles) at the equator, which will give higher precision for smaller areas,” says de Sherbinin.

Continuously updated data layers that can be overlaid on the base map are available from NASA’s EOSDIS, including data from SEDAC; NASA's Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE); and Global Imagery Browse Services (GIBS). Additional data are available from sources including USGS and NOAA. , The default base map includes:

Red dots indicating fires and other hotspots detected over the past 48 hours by NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument;
Colored circles indicating earthquakes over the past seven days from the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program;
Icons indicating the location of individual dams, dam clusters, and nuclear power plants from SEDAC’s Global Reservoir and Dam and Population Exposure Estimates in Proximity to Nuclear Power Plants, Locations databases; and,
Colored polygons indicating tornado and flood warnings issued by NOAA (U.S. locations only).
Spatial coverage:Global
Spatial resolution:~750m
Temporal coverage:Near-real time
Content dates:Last 7 days for Earthquakes, Fires 48 hours
Technical Specifications:
Tutorials on the use of data:SEDAC Hazards Mapper Provides a Rapid Assessment of Risk
Restrictions/ Citation of the dataset:

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