URISA’s GISCorps and Esri have mapped the impact of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) on the Philippines.
Led by core committee members Dave Litke and Shoreh Elhami and with assistance from Esri, the GISCorps has produced a series of web maps on ArcGIS Online from social media sources powered by MicroMappers and curated by volunteers from Stand By Task Force (SBTF) and Humanity Road. Examples of the maps are on the URISA GISCorps website.
Typhoon Haiyan, called Yolanda in the Philippines, made landfall Nov. 8 in Guiuan in the province of Eastern Samar. With winds between 150-170 mph, the typhoon knocked down power lines, cut off roads and killed and injured many in the Philippines.
The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs activated the Digital Humanitarian Network, of which GISCorps is a part.
The GISCorps, which started in 2003 as a program of URISA, coordinates short-term, volunteer-based GIS services to underprivileged communities worldwide, according to its website. GISCorps supports humanitarian relief, emergency response, health and education, local capacity building, and community development. Visit www.giscorps.org for additional information.