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: 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: Insect Infestation, Epidemic, Forest Fire, Drought, Volcanic Eruption, Earthquake, Mass Movement, Tsunami, Flood, Severe Storm, Extreme Temperature, Pollution
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: University of Maryland, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD)
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)
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, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) - Columbia University, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM)
Type: elevation
Costs: free
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS)
Screenshot of Global Ocean Chlorophyll
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Harmful Algal Bloom
Format: export data
Publisher: Copernicus
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Mass Movement, Flood, Severe Storm
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD), World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Mass Movement, Flood, Severe Storm
Format: export data
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Mass Movement
Format: export map
Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Type: baseline data
Costs: free
Format: export data
Publisher: Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) - Columbia University
Type: baseline data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: export data, statistical data (e.g. graphs), visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Earthquake
Format: export map
Publisher: United States Geological Survey (USGS)
Screenshot of Global Soil Erosion (ESDAC)
Type: baseline data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Mass Movement, Landslide
Format: export map
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Drought, Extreme Temperature, Flood, Mass Movement
Format: export data, visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: European Space Agency (ESA)
Type: land use, land cover data
Costs: free
Hazard: Flood
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Global Tailings Portal (GRID Arendal)
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Mass Movement, Landslide, Pollution
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: GRID Arendal
Screenshot of Global TerraColor Landsat Mosaic (EVG)
Type: satellite data or aerial image
Costs: paid
Format: export data
Publisher: East View Geospatial (EVG)
Screenshot of Global Tsunami Model
Type: hazard specific data
Costs: free
Hazard: Tsunami
Format: export data, export map
Publisher: Geoscience Australia
Screenshot of Global Urban Footprint
Type: baseline data
Costs: free
Format: visualization of data (e.g. web GIS or real time monitoring)
Publisher: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

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