is a United Nations
initiative that seeks to provide satellite imagery and mapping products to the humanitarian community. To access satellite imagery users need to be part of “an active member organization”- that is, an organization that is part of the U. N. system or one that is working in accordance to U. N. policies.Some maps are created and made freely available
, usually in response to a natural disaster or humanitarian crisis. Recent examples include maps of the area around Mount Merapi
, a currently smouldering volcano in Indonesia, piracy around the Horn of Africa
and maps of Lorestan Province in Iran
, site of a recent earthquake.