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

Screenshot of ITHACA
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood, Pollution
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Information Technology for Humanitarian Assistance, Cooperation and Action (ITHACA)
Screenshot of EyeFind
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Blackbridge
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Insect Infestation
Format: export data, export map, statistical data (e.g. graphs), web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring), web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: South African National Space Agency (SANSA), South African Weather Service, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies / University of Wisconsin-Madison (CIMSS-WISC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
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 fire hotspots
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: export data, export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: RedLaTIF
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Flood
Format: statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring), web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Screenshot of Flood Map
Type: baseline data, elevation, hazard specific data
Costs: paid
Hazard: Flood
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring), web processing/cloud computing
Publisher: FloodMap.net
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: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Wetlands International
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: export map, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Purdue University
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood, Severe Storm
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: National Flood Services (NFS)
Screenshot of FLOPROS: an evolving global database of flood protection standards
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Deltares
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: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Forest Fire, Volcanic Eruption, Earthquake, Tsunami, Flood, Severe Storm
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: Joint Research Centre (JRC), UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Type: hazard specific data, land use, land cover data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Earthquake
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Global Earthquake Model (GEM)
Screenshot of GNOME
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Pollution
Format: export data
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Type: hazard specific data, satellite data or aerial image
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: GEO-Group of Earth Observation (GEO)

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