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RS & GIS, DPMM, and AIT Nepalese community came together to map the earthquake damage at remote areas of Nepal

NEPAL EARTHQUAKE DISASTER – RS & GIS, DPMM, and AIT Nepalese community come together to map remote areas of Nepal devastated by the 7.9-level earthquake

Dr. Masahiko Nagai of the Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (RS & GIS) program (and JAXA) and his graduate students on April 29, 2015 briefed AIT Nepalese community members and faculty, staff and students of the Disaster Preparedness Mitigation and Management (DPMM) Program on how they can all collaborate to map specific-disaster stricken areas of Nepal using advanced satellite imagery technologies.

“Not much the disaster impacted countryside outside of the capital Kathmandu and Pokhara is being mapped at all,” Dr. Nagai emphasized.

He requested the Nepali communities’ local knowledge of the country and DPMM’s expertise to prioritize a short list of 5 – 8 specific villages or districts so that his team can produce space imagery of precise geo-coordinates.

The maps can identify damage areas by comparing before and after images taken from space. The maps could assist relief efforts and long term reconstruction work, the experts said. Once completed in 2-3 days, Dr. Nagai said the maps will be sent to ICIMOD, the Disaster Management Agency of Nepal, and the Survey Agency of Nepal, who possess resources to coordinate best with local and international emergency response teams working on the ground in the earthquake devastated country.

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