An FAO-produced Atlas on areas affected by the 26 December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia has proven to be very useful to FAO teams and to Italian and other European officials and non governmental organizations working in the devastated zones.
FAO has prepared the Tsunami Atlas using images collected from FAO databases and completed by major spatial data sources on the web. “These include raw satellite images, interpreted satellite images, topographic maps, thematic maps and geo-statistics,” explained FAO remote sensing expert Dominique Lantieri.
The FAO Tsunami Atlas has been updated for Indonesia and Sri Lanka which were hit hard by the waves. FAO is also working intensively regarding the other affected countries.
Some of the satellite images showing areas affected by the tsunami have been interpreted by experts with the help of GIS analysis. They show land features and details up to one meter of resolution in some cases.
Topographic maps which provide information on terrain, roads, villages have also been made available at 1:250000 scale, and a 1:50000 scale.
In addition, the Atlas displays maps and statistics providing information on the local climate, the cropping calendars, levels of malnutrition, as well as the latest figures provided by aid workers on human losses and material damage, Mr. Lantieri said.