As an essential contribution to help post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka, the European Commission (EC) has delivered to the Sri Lankan authorities very high-resolution satellite imagery of the entire affected coastline of Sri Lanka before and after the tsunami. In addition, the EC provided technical assistance to the national Urban Development Authority (UDA) for the transformation of this imagery into 1;5,000 baseline image maps. The availability of such mapping will greatly help the authorities in elaborating precise damage assessment, reconstruction plans and risk analysis.
The project is part of the post-tsunami assistance package financed under the EC Rapid Reaction Mechanism (RRM). It is directly implemented by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). After the EC and Sri Lankan authorities agreed on the need for very high-resolution satellite imagery of the entire coast of Sri Lanka, the JRC commissioned and acquired the necessary satellite imagery of the coastline before and after the tsunami. A field mission to Sri Lanka served to assist the UDA and also to gain know-how and technical expertise in processing this imagery [GB1] for large scale and detailed mapping.