India’s ‘Google Earth’ updated with disaster, tourism info

India’s ‘Google Earth’ updated with disaster, tourism info

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India: An upgrade has been released for Bhuvan, the Google-Earth-like satellite mapping tool from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), adding new data sets and features. The new version of Bhuvan now features more disaster services. To offer Flood and Forest Fire Alerts, Bhuvan is now integrated with Agricultural Drought (NDVI, NDWI, SMI and SASI) and Landslide Hazard Zonation information. The Disaster Management Support (DMS) Programme of ISRO offers support and services from space systems for strengthening the disaster management in the country. The maps now allow users to visualise drought, flood, forest fire and landslide affected regions.

Following the addition of Amritsar Tourism Web GIS for Punjab Tourism Development Board, Bhuvan Tourism Web GIS framework has now added Badami and Hampi Tourism Datasets along with High resolution datasets from Cartosat-1 (2.5m) merged with Resourcesat-1 (5.8m) with the features of ‘Important Temples and Monuments with rich ground photographs’.

Bhuvan also offers extended uniformity of High Resolution datasets up to 2.5 m for 4 states (Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura and Gujarat-Part) besides already available 7 states (Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh) with Places / Point of Interest. (For example: Vadodara and surroundings).

In October 2012, Bhuvan had upgraded its services adding support for Uniform High Resolution data, Multi-thematic data visualisation, analysis and download, NRSC Open Earth Observation Data Archive (Free download of Data), Spatial Mashups (Amritsar Tourism Web GIS, Gateway to Karnataka Forest Observation etc), On-line Shape file creation tool and a Multi-lingual (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu) interface.

Source: Medianama