Tsunami + Remote Sensing + Protected Areas
The December 26, 2004 tsunami impacted a large part of the coastal regions in and around the Indian Ocean and
surrounding water bodies. These natural phenomena, not to be confused with tidal waves, are the result of seismic or other geological
activity. The December 2004 tsunami was the result of a 9.0 earthquake with an epicenter near the northern tip of Sumatra in Indonesia.
The impact was devastating to the human communities around the Indian Ocean. Many organizations are working toward alleviating the human condition.
The tsunami also dramatically altered the landscape and ecosystems of the region. GLCF, like many similar organizations,
is working to help assess the extent of the damage and provide assistance to the communities involved with these efforts. The particular type of help that GLCF is
suited for is through remote sensing. As part of the ongoing interests of the conservation community to monitor and manage protected areas, the GLCF provides
imagery wherever possible and appropriate. This portal reflects a collaboration between the GLCF, the conservation community and the remote sensing industry
for some of the protected areas that were directly affected by the December 2004 tsunami. In particular,
DigitalGlobe, of Colorado, and GeoEye-OrbImage, of Virginia have provided
access through GLCF to some of their fine resolution imagery for several protected areas
located around the Indian Ocean. The GLCF, DigitalGlobe, and GeoEye-OrbImage,
in partner with the World Conservation Union, make this resource available for the conservation community to utilize in determining impacts from and
reactions to the tsunami.
The Global Land Cover Facility appreciates the donation of imagery by DigitalGlobe and GeoEye-OrbImage
for this tsunami assessment effort. All users
should be aware that this quality imagery does not usually have free access, and that DigitalGlobe and
GeoEye-OrbImage are generous in their gift.
Users are requested to consider the following guidelines in accessing and using the imagery comprising
the Digital Globe or GeoEye-OrbImage contribution:
- DigitalGlobe or GeoEye-OrbImage must be conspicuously credited as the source of the imagery.
- Please share results whenever possible with peers and with those coping with the impact from the tsunami.
- Feel free to share through the World Conservation Union (IUCN) or with GLCF's ongoing science effort.
- The imagery made available for use here is normally costed. If found to be useful in the pursuit of research goals, please consider donating the cost of the imagery to the tsunami relief effort.
DigitalGlobe and GeoEye-OrbImage have made an extraordinary gift of imagery to support conservation goals
in tsunami affected places in Asia.
The December 26, 2004 tsunami impacted a large part of the Indian Ocean coastline, including many critical wildlife areas.
The GLCF has provided access to the DigitalGlobe and GeoEye-OrbImage gift of imagery and is working with
the World Conservation Union to engage
the science and management communities with this excellent resource.