China: China has established a national emergency geospatial data system to provide first-responders with detailed maps within two hours after a disaster, a senior official said. “In fighting with disasters such as earthquakes and mudslides, providing timely mapping support for affected regions is crucial,” said Xu Deming, director of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation.
The national geospatial data system was established after April 20, when a magnitude-7.0 earthquake rocked Ya”an, Sichuan province. Only two hours after the quake, the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation produced its first detailed map of the region. That set in motion a wave of support for the national agency from the central government.
Besides satellites, unmanned planes and surveying instruments, the data system uses Map World (the Chinese version of Google Earth), an emergency support platform to provide policymakers with disaster assessments as well as recovery and post-disaster planning suggestions and the National Fundamental Geographic Information System, said Li Pengde, deputy director of the national mapping agency.