Maxar releases open data for select sudden onset major crisis events
The Open Data program is our mission in action. Maxar supports the greater geospatial community by providing the most accurate data and analytics in times of disaster. Organizations working on the front lines increase their impact and effectiveness by having access to this data.
How many events?
8 events activated in 2019
How many total events?
50 events activated overall
How much data?
Data from 26 countries
How many square km?
295,799 sqkm of imagery
When crises occur, Maxar is committed to supporting the humanitarian community by providing critical and actionable information to assist response efforts. Associated imagery and crowdsourcing layers are released into the public domain under a Creative Commons 4.0 license, allowing for rapid use and easy integration with existing humanitarian response technologies.See our recent event activation
Record-breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fueled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. New South Wales has been the worst-hit state so far, with more than 12 million acres and 1,300 homes burned. Thousands of people are seeking shelter from the fires. Approximately 130 fires are burning in the bush, mountain forests and national parks throughout the state as of January 15, 2020. Due to the prolonged drought and strong winds, conditions are primed for the fire to spread rapidly. To put the New South Wales fire damage into perspective, about 2.2 million acres were lost in the 2019 Amazon fires and around 1.9 million acres were burned in the 2018 California wildfires. Maxar’s Open Data Program imagery efforts will be focusing on New South Wales as this area has been hit the hardest.
To view the archive of Open Data events click belowOpen Data archive
Our Program Partners use, access and champion the Open Data Program. They provide feedback on how the data and program are supporting their emergency response data needs, disseminate the data to those who can use it the most, request activations for events. Without our Program Partners, the Open Data Program would not be as impactful as it is today.
Without Maxar as key partner providing satellite imagery, there would not be HOT as we know it.
This initiative underlines the trusted partnership between UNOOSA and Maxar in the area of geospatial information and analytics as the rapid availability of data is essential for a successful response to such a devastating event like the earthquake in Ecuador
Rapid damage assessment to expedite disaster response during the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.Learn more