The Japan Tsunami disaster resulted in a proliferation of mapping and cartographic production. This resulted from the many needs of people to identify and provide emergency services, to enable protective services, assist in geophysical studies and to help provide services for recovery. 3D mapping technologies are being used for mapping and visualization purposes for the event and are helping government, business and the public to understand the tsunami, plan and to develop for the future.
Australia is once again experiencing flooding and it is expected that flooding will result in nearly $1 billion of damage. Although waters have receded in some places, more rains are expected over the next few days and it is anticipated that more flooding is a possibility. Geospatial technologies are uniquely poised to aid with supporting emergency services for this disaster event.
The problem of Somali piracy is one of global concern with broad economic impacts to shipping companies, governments, and individuals. South Asia bears a large burden, with the predominant shipping route to Asia preyed upon, and an overwhelming majority of captured crews from Asian countries. The lack of ownership of the problem, that has accelerated with the instability of the Somali failed state, means that long-term solutions are tough to come by. Could the persistent tracking and monitoring of the coastal waters of Somalia aid the efforts?
The mountainous kingdom of Bhutan, whose economy relies heavily on agriculture and forestry, began an ambitious National Forest Inventory project in 2010 to capture comprehensive data on forest cover and resources. The country's supreme law maintains that 60 percent of land must be covered by forest at all times, and while 64 percent coverage was reported in a 2005 assessment, the figure has been dropping. In order to gain technology training on how best to use GIS and remote sensing for forestry mapping, key forest service employees from Bhutan have been receiving training from the U.S. Forest Service.
Thailand has invested in the concept of the sensor web, creating an interoperable environment for a diverse set of satellite and ground sensors with connectivity to the Internet in order to better understand physical phenomena. The country has deployed a forest fire sensor web and flood sensor web, in addition to the ability to tap observations from its citizens. These initiatives are tightly coupled with technology and services provided by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where sensor web development and deployment have been underway for years.