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.
On April 1, heavy rains in the city of Mocoa, Colombia triggered flash flooding and landslides killing over 300 people. Entire neighborhoods along the banks of the rivers were devastated, leaving Mocoa buried in mud. At least 400 people were injured and another 100 are missing. It took weeks to restore power and clean water to the community, and the extent of impact is still largely unknown as Mocoa tries to recover.
The released imagery can be downloaded 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)