Google Crisis Response

Google Crisis Response provides a variety of tools to assist with crisis response efforts around the globe. One of the tools it provides is maps, which often include satellite imagery of relevant areas well before the imagery is available in Google Earth, and sometimes includes imagery that never makes it into Google Earth.

Unlike DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook program, which provides satellite imagery exclusively to crisis response organizations, the Google Crisis response maps are open to the public.

There is typically a map for each disaster area and the maps often include links to KMLs so that the data can be viewed in Google Earth. Navigating between the maps is not particularly obvious. To start, go to this URL. By default it shows the ‘Weather, Hazards, Emergency Preparedness’ map, which at present is highlighting a recent flooding in South Carolina and includes two satellite images from DigitalGlobe. Sadly, there appears to be no way to see those images in Google Earth. Sometimes the imagery is available in KML format. When we recently looked at the wild fires in California, GEB reader Christiaan Adams let us know in the comments about this KML file that is from Google Crisis Response and does show DigitialGlobe imagery in Google Earth. Yesterday when we looked at the Tianjin explosion we pointed you to this KML file from Google Crysis Response that shows Skybox Imagery of Tianjin before and after the event in Google Earth.

Once you are on the ‘Weather, Hazards, Emergency Preparedness’ map, you can find other maps by clicking on the map title and a drop down appears, showing a list of other maps. At the current point in time there are:

Other maps do exist but are not on the drop-down list. For example, we found these:

We found those maps via the Google Crisis Response Google+ page.

Once you are viewing a map, be sure to click the ‘Layers’ button for extra information and quite often the option to download the data in Google Earth. For example, the ‘Weather, Hazards, Emergency Preparedness’ in the ‘Storm Information’ layer there is this KML file showing web cams all along the gulf coast and various locations in the Caribbean.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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Comments

  1. ben reuter says

    what about the syrian crisis and russian involvment at latakia?

  2. Timothy, thanks for highlighting the work of our Crisis Response and Earth Outreach teams. We do have a KML of imagery for the flooding in the Carolinas available at the URL below. It currently contains 20 images. You can get notifications of when we publish Crisis Maps and/or crisis imagery KMLs by following @GoogleCR and @earthoutreach on twitter.

    http://mw1.google.com/crisisresponse/2015/carolinas_flood/2015_carolinas_flood_imagery_nl.kml

    -Christiaan Adams (Google Earth Outreach and Crisis Response teams)

  3. tom sanders says

    we should have more recent images – preparation for north korea parade
    http://38north.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Fig1-Mirim-100815.jpg

  4. Please send me the link of downloading google earth map from play store



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