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.
Southern California Wildfires
Over 45,000 acres have burned in Ventura and the fire is zero percent contained. At least 150 structures have been destroyed, including multiple homes. In downtown Ventura, an apartment complex was engulfed in flames. Vista del Mar Hospital, a behavioral health care facility in Ventura, was razed to the ground by the fire, thankfully patients and staff were evacuated safely Monday night. More than 7,000 homes in Ventura County were under mandatory evacuation as the blaze approached downtown, officials said 27,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in Ventura County due to the fire.
The released imagery 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)