Haiti: Google Reveals New Satellite Images of Port-au Prince

Today, Google revealed Hi-Res photographs of Haiti taken from a Satellite camera. These photographs were taken on Sunday, January 17th 2010. These new detailed photographs of the Port-au Prince area have a resolution of about 15cm. You can see the entire collection of images in Google Maps in Satellite Mode. Last week, Google and it’s partner organization GeoEye published detailed imagery of the area along with some old photographs from 2008.

Google Blog states that, “Last week, thanks to our partner GeoEye, we published updated satellite imagery of Haiti in Google Earth and Google Maps which illustrated the devastation and current conditions on the ground. This data was made available for public consumption and also to assist relief efforts including those by many UN organizations and the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies. With the hope of furthering awareness and relief efforts, we arranged for a collection of the Port-au-Prince area at even higher resolution (approximately 15cm) to complement the existing imagery.”

Currently, these images can be viewed in Google Maps in the satellite mode. They are also available via Google Maps API and Google Map Maker. Google is aiming to make them available on Google Earth too, at the moment they are only available as a base layer image. Google has  also made the images directly available for use by relief organizations.

images from the Google blog

Written for and published on the Amvona Blog

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