Industry Solutions : Disaster Management

The rate and severity of natural disasters in Africa and the world is ever increasing. Disasters such as flood, drought and fire are common to the African continent.

Responding with data and information for emergency services is particularly important and sometimes lacking substantially in minimalizing the impact of such events. Integrating data from various sources to create an easy to use response system can be a momentous task.

GEO Data Design with its integrated partners having more than 30 years’ experience in creating customized geospatial solutions for disaster related situations.

As Africa has many remote and hard to reach areas satellite imagery is an exceptional tool in gathering information and analysis on these areas.

Photos of Japan, Before and After the Quake and Tsunami, from GeoEye satellite

According to the United Nations… From 1995-2006, 2.5 billion people were affected by disasters with a loss of 890,000 lives and cost of over $570 billion

Collecting data and information for disaster management

Disaster Management - Satellite Imagery

Recommended Data Sources

GEO Data Design recommends the following Satellite Imagery and Elevation Data for use in Disaster Management projects:

High Resolution Satellite Imagery

Sensor Resolution Multispectral Bands*
GeoEye-1 40cm/50 cm Blue/Green/Red/Near Infrared + Panchromatic
Worldview-1 40cm/50 cm Panchromatic
Worldview-2 40cm/50 cm Coastal/Blue/Green/Yellow/Red/ Red Edge/Near Infrared 1 & 2 + Panchromatic
WorldView-3 30cm/40cm/50 cm Coastal/Blue/Green/Yellow/Red/ Red Edge/Near Infrared 1 & 2/SWIR + Panchromatic
Quickbird 60 cm Blue/Green/Red/Near Infrared + Panchromatic
Pléiades 50cm Blue/Green/Red/Near Infrared + Panchromatic
SPOT6/7 1.5m Blue/Green/Red/Near Infrared + Panchromatic

High Resolution Elevation Data

Dataset DTM/DSM Resolution Contours
Mapping 2m, 4m, 8m 16m
Precision 2m, 4m 8m
Very High Precision 2m 4m
Elevation 1 1m 3m
Elevation 4 4m 5m
Elevation 8 8m 10m
Elevation 10 10m 10m
Elevation 30 30m
WorldDEM 12m
These products are available as DTMs or DSMs
Contours are only available for DTMs
Included Processing: Hydro enforcement, road flattening and shaded relief

Recommended Software


Highlighted Add-on’s

  • ERDAS IMAGINE Easytrace
  • DeltaCue - Change Detection
  • Objective - Object-based feature extraction


Highlighted Add-on’s

  • Geomedia Database Manager
  • Geomedia Mapping manager


Highlighted Add-on’s