NGA launches support efforts after Nepal quake

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency has launched a public website hosting unclassified platforms assisting in response efforts after a powerful April 25 earthquake in Nepal.

The public site initially on April 26 began hosting search and rescue atlases covering Kathmandu and six other areas of Nepal, providing maps, imagery and data overlaid to assist rescuers and relief planners, according to an NGA release. More products and data layers will be added as they become available.

So far, applications available on the site include an NGA Nepal open data search function, a Nepal data services gallery and mapping products. The mapping products provide features such as damage assessments in different regions of the country, terrain and population data.

The site is similar to one NGA made available for the Ebola response effort last October. Both sites use Esri's ArcGIS online platform hosted by Amazon Web Services.

NGA additionally is providing support directly to mission partners and to the disaster relief and humanitarian assistance communities through the All Partners Access Network, the Defense Department's unclassified platform for collaborating with non-defense coalition partners.

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