January 2010, ImageCat Inc.

This report, prepared by ImageCat Inc. summarizes a multi-organizational effort to analyze damage using aerial photography. The World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) are working with ImageCat and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to produce high precision aerial imagery of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and the surrounding areas following the 12 January 2010 M7.0 earthquake. This data was initially used to support relief efforts and is now being used to support damage analysis. The imagery produced will support the data gathering exercise required before official Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) is undertaken by the United Nations (UN), European Commission (EC) and World Bank. A global damage analysis network - the Global Earth Observation Catastrophe Assessment Network (GEO-CAN) - was coordinated by ImageCat, to generate damage maps for collapsed and heavily damaged buildings, using pre- and post-event satellite and aerial optical imagery. An aerial remote sensing mission was completed by RIT covering 620 km2 , capturing 15 cm color and thermal infrared imagery and LIDAR. LIDAR coverage was also collected along the fault line, in collaboration with USGS.

Read the Report: World Bank / GFDRR / ImageCat / RIT Remote Sensing and Damage Assessment Mission Haiti, January 2010 (18 MB PDF)

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