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01 Mar 2018 description
report MapAction

Can satellite imagery and UAV data become useful data sources for humanitarian decision making in disaster relief coordination?

24 Mar 2016 description


  • Humanitarian organisations have major concerns for the protection of thousands of refugees and migrants who are now in overcrowded detention facilities on the Greek islands and may soon be returned to Turkey.

  • The system for assessing asylum claims in the Greek islands and mainland is understaffed and inadequate, and there is limited safe and acceptable accommodation to host asylum-seekers pending their decision.

24 Mar 2016 description



These scenarios are a description of situations that could occur in the coming six months, with their associated humanitarian consequences. The aim is to support strategic planning, create awareness, and promote preparedness activities for those responding to this crisis.

See the Methodology section for more information on how these scenarios were developed.


22 Dec 2015 description

December 22, Geneva, Switzerland – On Wednesday 16 December UNITAR and MapAction met to sign a MoU. Liz Hughes, MapAction Chief Executive, Nigel Press, Chairman of MapAction Board of Trustees, Einar Bjorgo, UNOSAT Manager and Francesco Pisano, UNITAR Research Department Director, acting as Officer in Charge, gathered in UNITAR’s offices for this important moment.

This MoU, defines the frame for future cooperation between UNITAR’s UNOSAT programme and MapAction.

22 Dec 2015 description

Key findings

• The main current humanitarian concerns are the impact of selective entry procedures along the route, the increased shelter/NFI needs in the winter months, the situation of unaccompanied minors, and the unpredictability of flow and political developments that hamper response planning.

• None of the Balkan countries currently have the capacity and/or financial resources to address the full spectrum of humanitarian needs, making Governments, particularly Greece, reliant on external support for an important part of the service provision.

20 Nov 2015 description
map MapAction

The map shows the monthly average minimum temperature in °C for January. This WorldClim data was generated through interpolation of average monthly climate data from weather stations on a 30 arc-second resolution grid (= about 1km² resolution)

08 Nov 2015 description
map MapAction

The map shows the average maximum wind speed at each cell for November, December, January and February at 5 km spatial resolution. The data was modelled from ECMWF operational forecasting models, 2010-2015.

03 Nov 2015 description
map MapAction

The map shows the monthly mean precipitation in mm for November, December, January and February. This WorldClim data was generated through interpolation of average monthly climate data from weather stations on a 30 arcsecond resolution grid (= about 1km² resolution).

02 Nov 2015 description
map MapAction

The map shows calculated average monthly snow cover data for November, December, January and February; derived from data extracted for each year from the full available period of record from 2000 to 2015. The original MODIS/Terra Snow Cover Monthly data consists of snow cover in a spatial resolution of 0.05 degrees, which equals ~5 square kilometres. The monthly average snow cover is calculated from the daily products.

09 Jun 2015 description
report MapAction

Letter from the Chair

2014 was a sobering year for humanitarian responders. South Sudan’s fragile peace fractured, the Syrian conflict spilled over into Iraq and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa emerged. Natural disasters continued to occur in Paraguay and Serbia amongst many others. Millions of men, women and children found themselves displaced, homeless, and bereaved. As ever it was the vulnerable who suffered most.

29 Oct 2013 description
report MapAction

UK, 29 Oct - 2012 was a significant year for MapAction as it celebrated ten years of mapping expertise. The year’s annual review reflects on those ten years, the achievements of the organisation during them and the invaluable support the organisation has enjoyed from a wide range of donors throughout. The review also looks forward, anticipating the strategic opportunities for the future both for the organisation and for its supporters. We hope it will inspire current and future supporters to join us.

31 Jul 2011 description
report MapAction

This field guide was produced by MapAction to help humanitarian organisations to make use of mapping methods using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies.

MapAction has, since 2003, become the most experienced international NGO in using GIS and related matters in the field in sudden-onset natural disasters as well as complex emergencies.

01 Mar 2009 description
report MapAction

There are now many possible ways to create maps for humanitarian work, with an ever-growing range of hardware and software tools available. This can be a problem for humanitarian field workers who want to collect and share mappable data and make simple maps themselves, during an emergency.