Haiti Maps and GIS Data Resources

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Resources for finding maps, satellite imagery, GIS data and other geographically related data for the country of Haiti.  This page has been updated to included links to mapping resources for the recent January 12, 2010 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti.

Haiti Maps and GIS Data

Earthquake Related Maps for Haiti
Listing from the Google Maps Mania blog of mapping efforts relating to the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake.

GIS Data Depot – Haiti
Free data for Haiti for downloading from the GIS Data Depot. Most data in ArcInfo Export (.e00) format.

Haiti Earthquake Map Viewer
Map viewer showing the location of the earthquake and aftershocks.

Maps of Haiti
Collection of digital maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. Find country and city based maps.

OpenStreetMap’s WikiProject Haiti
Information page from OpenStreetMap for Haiti.  Recently added was a section on how users can help with the Haiti effort.

USGS Haiti Region Earthquake Related Maps
Maps and earthquake information relating to the January 12th, 2010 7.0 magnitude Haiti earthquake from the USGS.

Haiti Case Studies

Geospatial Data Availability for Haiti: An Aid in the Development of GIS-Based Natural Resource Assessments for Conservation Planning
PDF from the USDA by Maya Quiñones, William Gould, and Carlos D. Rodríguez-Pedraza that looks at the types and sources of geographic data available for Haiti.

Location of Haiti.

Post Earthquake Imagery for Haiti and GIS Data

Google has announced that post-earthquake imagery is available to download as a KML file.  The new imagery was taken at around 10:27am EST on January 13th, 2010 and covers the Port-au-Prince area of Haiti.

For those that don’t or can’t view the file in Google Earth, the new imagery can also be viewed in Google Maps.

Google plans to update the imagery as it becomes available and changes will be automatically reflected in this KML. The imagery was acquired by Geo-Eye.

The sample imagery below provided by Google shows the before and after of a section of downtown Port-au-Prince. The imagery on the right taken post-Earthquake shows the intensity of the damage caused by this disaster.

Visit Google’s Crisis Response launch page to help financially with the disaster in Haiti.

Fortius One’s Efforts to Map Haiti Post-Earthquake

The Washington Business Journal has a piece on Fortius One’s efforts to map earthquake damage in Haiti.

Arlington-based FortiusOne Inc., a data analysis and visual intelligence firm, is using its satellite imaging abilities to piece together an ever-evolving image of what Haiti and its capital city Port-au-Prince look like after being rocked by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake.

A partner with Google, FortiusOne spent the day after the quake downloading and aggregating as much geographical and population data as possible through its public platform, GeoCommons Community.

Read more:

Fortius One maps earthquake damage in Haiti

Haiti Quake Data at GeoCommons

Fortius One Maps Post-Earthquake Haiti.
Fortius One Maps Post-Earthquake Haiti.

GIS Data for Haiti

A comment from Lex Berman highlights the availability of Haitian GIS data at the Earthquake Geospatial Research Portal based out of Harvard:

Please find GIS datasets and imagery for free download here:

We will host additional data, esp. hydrography, transport and DEM if you can supply them for free academic and emergency use.


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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.

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