Within a few hours of the earthquake that devastated Haiti, e-GEOS (a Telespazio/Italian Space Agency company) went into action to provide the United Nations, the Spanish Red Cross and the Italian ministries of Foreign Affairs (crisis units) and Defence a series of georeferenced satellite maps of the affected areas to assist the relief and humanitarian aid operations.
The work was carried out under the European Commission’s G-MOSAIC (GMES Services for the Management of Operations, Situation Awareness and Intelligence for Regional Crises) project.
Specifically, on 16 January, following requests from the UN’s Department of Field Support, the G-MOSAIC Rapid Geospatial Reporting Service Team began supplying processed data, images and maps of the Haitian territory.
An initial assessment of the condition of the countryâ€™s road network, together with analysis of the damage sustained by the streets, was carried out with the support of e-GEOS. High-resolution satellite maps of the areas before and after the earthquake were then provided via optical data obtained by GeoEye and radar data from COSMO-SkyMed. Finally, preliminary work to assess the damage to buildings and the infrastructure is now under way.