Richmond, BC - MDA's Geospatial Services announced today their participation in the on-going development of the Information Management and Analysis Centre (IMAC) for the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Tajikistan (MoES). Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with additional assistance from the United Nations (UN), MDA will aid in the development of GIS and remote sensing techniques that will help Tajikistan authorities organize and conduct rehabilitation efforts to minimize the impact of natural disasters.
As one of the poorest nations in the world, Tajikistan is afflicted with earthquakes, mudslides and large-scale crippling floods that demolish the country's fragile infrastructure at a rate that exceeds the government's rebuilding efforts. The MoES, an integral component of the Tajikistan Government's disaster preparedness strategy, is responsible for the implementation and co-ordination of the Government's response to disasters when they occur. The establishment of the disaster management database is a collaborative project with the UN and will be designed to aid local and national authorities in identifying high-risk flood areas and increase emergency preparedness.
MDA's Geospatial Services' role involves developing advanced GIS for IMAC. Drawing from a number of data sources including SAR imagery from RADARSAT-1 and topographic maps, MDA's Geospatial Services will integrate meteorological data, such as climate conditions and rainfall, with socio-economic statistics into a spatial database. These data layers can be used to monitor and map flood extent, assess damage, and more importantly, provide a detailed spatial description of affected communities and people that are in greatest need.
"The resulting system will be a comprehensive and centralized database that is accessible to all levels of the Tajikistan Government via the Internet and will facilitate information sharing, communication and coordination of resources and aid," said Duncan Wood, Project Manager for MDA's Geospatial Services International. Mr. Wood added, "The use of GIS and remote sensing data will provide powerful decision support tools for IMAC."
MDA's Geospatial Services International has over 16 years of experience in the geospatial industry and applies its expertise to develop and advance integrated information systems for public and private sectors, as well as disaster monitoring and management programs. Notable projects include the Environmental Monitoring Information Network (EMIN) in Bangladesh to monitor flood and erosion management, and the Flood Information System (FIS) utilized in several parts of Asia.
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MDA's Geospatial Services International (formerly RADARSAT International) provides Earth observation data, information products and services from the majority of commercially available radar and optical satellites. These products and services are used globally for resource mapping, environmental monitoring, offshore oil and gas exploration, ice reconnaissance, maritime surveillance and disaster management.
MDA holds the exclusive distribution rights to Canada's RADARSAT-1 and RADARSAT-2 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellites. MDA will operate the RADARSAT-2 satellite when launched. RADARSAT-2 offers unparalleled imaging flexibility, dual polarization and full polarimetric imaging options, high-resolution and a highly responsive programming and delivery ground segment.