DigitalGlobe is committed to helping everyone See A Better World™ by providing accurate high-resolution satellite imagery to support disaster recovery in the wake of large-scale natural disasters.
We release open imagery for select sudden onset major crisis events, including pre-event imagery, post-event imagery and a crowdsourced damage assessment.
When crises occur, DigitalGlobe is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts. Associated imagery and crowdsourcing layers are released into the public domain under a Creative Commons 4.0 license, allowing for rapid use and easy integration with existing humanitarian response technologies.
Read more about our open data event activation protocol here.
Tropical Cyclone Gita
The islands of Tonga in the South Pacific have been devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita with widespread damage and injuries across the kingdom. Gita hit Tonga on Monday night, slamming on to the south coast of the main island of Tongatapu. At its peak, winds reached 233km/h – far stronger than predicted, despite Gita not reaching a category five storm as anticipated.
The released imagery and vector data can be viewed here.
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“Without DigitalGlobe as key partner providing satellite imagery, there would not be HOT as we know it.”—Cristiano Giovando, Technical Project Lead, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
"This initiative underlines the trusted partnership between UNOOSA and DigitalGlobe in the area of geospatial information and analytics as the rapid availability of data is essential for a successful response to such a devastating event like the earthquake in Ecuador"—Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)