Open data response to cyclone Idai

March 24th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

Cyclone Idai first made landfall in Mozambique on 14 March 2019, affecting tens of thousands of people across the country and neighbouring Malawi. The Ngangu Township in Chimanimani and the Rusitu Valley communities were the hardest hit. When crises like this occur, DigitalGlobe is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts.

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite collected new imagery on 22 March 2019 of Beira, Mozambique revealing extensive damage to the city from Cyclone Idai. (Credit: Maxar Technologies)

DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-3 satellite collected new imagery on 22 March 2019 of Beira, Mozambique revealing extensive damage to the city from Cyclone Idai. (Credit: Maxar Technologies)

As part of its Open Data Program, the company publicly releases data of the affected areas to support disaster response as it becomes available. Any imagery or data distributed through the Open Data Program is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 license, which allows for non-commercial use of the information, meaning it can quickly be integrated into first responder workflows with organisations like Team Rubicon, the Red Cross and other non-profits. If commercial companies are interested in using the data distributed through the Open Data Program, it can be purchased by contacting DigitalGlobe. Pre-event imagery is availble on the Open Data Program website.

Contact Alex Fortescue, DigitalGlobe, Tel 082 454-8158, alex.fortescue@digitalglobe.com

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