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NGA, DigitalGlobe Provide Satellite Imagery Data for Ebola Response

By | January 8, 2015

      [Via Satellite 01-08-2015] To support the international response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the U.S. National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) has releases a series of Image City Map products created with satellite imagery and human geography data sets from DigitalGlobe. Through NGA’s EnhancedView program, military and civilian health workers, international partner nations and volunteers can better understand the ground situation with new images collected on a daily basis. Furthermore, the agency released country-scale DigitalGlobe human geography data layers that provide information on regional infrastructure, the locations of medical facilities, environmental data and more.

      World Health Organization map of the 2014 ebola outbreak. Photo: WHO

      World Health Organization map of the 2014 ebola outbreak. Photo: WHO

      “This proactive and forward-leaning government-industry partnership is crucial when it comes to preparing for and responding to humanitarian crises of all kinds,” said William Arras, VP of U.S. government customer experience at DigitalGlobe. “Analysts may utilize this data to better understand where infrastructure is located, where the disease has the greatest risk of transmission, and what populations are most at risk.”