January 11, 2005

Tsunami Disaster Mapping Portal

:: A new interactive website, Tsunami Disaster Mapping for Indian Ocean Regions, has been created that provides current and historical spatial data for those working on both short- and long-term relief efforts in the tsunami-devestated regions in southeast Asia. From the report on GeoCommunity:

Ottawa, ON, January 10, 2005 - DM Solutions Group Inc., a leading Web mapping solutions company, and the University of Ottawa, today announced the release of the Tsunami Disaster Mapping Portal (DMapP) - a Website to help aid workers coordinate their work during the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Indian Ocean Basin.

This interactive, Internet-based infrastructure provides free access to urgently needed current and historical spatial data for planners and workers – both for short-term emergency needs as well as post-disaster supplies distribution, rehabilitation planning, and infrastructure restoration. "This initiative provides an opportunity to connect, in a very effective way, the vast amount of data accumulating around the world with the people who need it most," said Dave McIlhagga, DM Solutions Group’s president.

Collaborators on the site included researchers and scientists from the Laboratory for Applied Geomatics and GIS Science (LAGGISS), University of Ottawa, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Pathumthani, Thailand, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, and Media Center, Osaka City University, Osaka, Japan.

Another site with detailed "before and after" satellite photos is available here.