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Web based Information Platforms using Imagery in Catastrophes


This page contains several Web based information platforms or web sites providing Imagery for information, planning and coordination purposes relevant to Disaster and Hazards.

  
Information Web Sites

AlertNet is a part of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of a provider of news and information, aims at to empowering people in need around the world with trusted information and free legal assistance. The web site of AlertNet contains a range of information concerning crises and natural disasters and offers resources about using maps and satellite images.
    
ReliefWeb disseminates humanitarian information by updating its web site around the clock. In addition, ReliefWeb reaches over 70,000 subscribers through its e-mail subscription services, allowing those who have low bandwidth Internet connections to receive information reliably. Information from ReliefWeb is also available via RSS feeds, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. ReliefWeb posts some 150 maps and documents daily from over 3,000 sources from the UN system, governments, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, academia and the media. In addition, a team of cartographers creates original maps focusing on humanitarian emergencies.

Information and Coordination Platforms

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination, including media monitoring, map catalogues and Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (VOSOCC). 

The main purpose of the Virtual OSOCC is to facilitate decision-making for international response to major disasters though real-time information exchange by all actors of the international disaster response community thus including maps and satellite imagery. A Password is required to enter the web site.

OneResponse is a collaborative inter-agency website designed to enhance humanitarian coordination within the cluster approach, and support the predictable exchange of information in emergencies at the country level. The website will support Clusters and OCHA fulfill their information management responsibilities as per existing Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) guidance. 
The Humanitarian Response portal is a collaborative inter-agency website designed to enhance humanitarian coordination within the cluster approach and support the exchange of information among humanitarian partners. Both One Reponse and Humanitarian Response contain MAP Centres as part of their web sites.
   
Information Platform designed for specific hazards

The National Hurricane Center (NHC), located at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, is the division of the National Weather Service responsible for tracking and predicting the likely behavior of tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes. When tropical storm or hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours, the center issues the appropriate watches and warnings via the news media and NOAA Weather Radio. Although the NHC is an agency of the United States, the World Meteorological Organization has designated it as Regional Specialized Meteorological Center for the North Atlantic and eastern Pacific. As such, the NHC is the central clearinghouse for all tropical cyclone forecasts and observations occurring in these areas, regardless of their effect on the US. (source Wikipedia)


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