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Introduction - Updated 29 January 2010

On January 12, 2010 a powerful earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti. With the epicenter of the quake near the populated capital, Port-au-Prince, a humanitarian disaster is unfolding. This page is designed to be a portal for the collection and dissemination of geospatial datasets and map products that may be useful for responders and the general public. Most data is available in a GIS format, a KML format (for use in Google Earth), and as a web service (ESRI and WMS).

While hosted at the University of Kansas, this page is a collaboration with the Humanitarian Information Unit, at the U.S. Department of State.

HIU Analytical Products

Currently we have four analytical products produced by the HIU available. These are all .pdf documents describing some aspect of the Haiti earthquake. Additional products will be added as they become available, updated 27 Jan 2010.

Haiti: Population Movements Outside of Port-au-Prince (440Kb, 22Jan2010)

Haiti: Damage and Responses West of Port-au-Prince (400Kb, 19Jan2010)

Haiti: Earthquake Diminishes Government Capacity (430Kb, 15Jan2010)

Haiti: Major Earthquake Creates Landslide Hazards (1.1MB, 14Jan2010)

Other Analytical Products

Haiti: Potential Hazards Associated with Uplift and Subsidence From Earthquake (from USGS) (325Kb, 26Jan2010)

Haiti 2D Surface Motion Map (from Infoterra)

Other sources of analytical products are listed below.

Data Portals

There is a massive amount of geospatial data and derived analytical products that have been generated for the Haiti earthquake. The scale of the available data means that significant computing resources are required to host it. As such, the majority of links on this page now point to a number of other data portals. There are some datasets available below, but most imagery and road data is located on the portals. The data listed here originates from multiple sources and is in several different file formats and map projection/datum combinations. For free software that can convert between projections and formats see the FWTools website. Where possible the data has also been encoded in the KML format for use in Google Earth or other virtual globe software.

There are a significant number of imagery resources available for Haiti. These range from very-high resolution aerial photography (15cm) to moderate resolution satellite imagery (15-30m). The Haiti Crisis Map is a good starting point for viewing all large cross-section of available imagery. A significant amount of GIS data (imagery, elevation, and vectors) are available from the USGS Hazards Data Distribution Center. For those using Google Earth, several KML datasets are listed below in the KML section and many others are available from the Google Earth Library.

Imagery, GIS, and KML data sources

Haiti Crisis Map - Telescience

USGS Hazards Data Distribution Center

Open Street Map (OSM) - Haiti Wiki

Geofabrik: Shapefile exports of OSM data -updated every 5 minutes

CrisisCommons Wiki

Ushahidi - Haiti

Google Earth Library

ESRI Online

MapAction - Haiti Deployment

Civil-Military Overview

Map Viewers

Haiti Crisis Map - Telescience

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Haiti Map Viewer (powered by NGA-Earth)


Pacific Disaster Center - World Hazard Atlas

Google Haiti Map

Analytical Products

Other sources of derived analytical products can be found at the following websites. Many have content available for download immediately, while others require registration and login. The Relief Web - Haiti is a clearinghouse of information from many different sources and is a good starting point.

Relief Web - Haiti


APAN - Haiti HA/DR Group - A collaboration point for the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)


Servir (Spanish)


Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

UN - One Response

GIS Datasets


U.S. Census population estimates
-.zip download contains shapefiles (.shp) and Excel (.xls) files
-metadata attached to shapefiles
-Excel spreadsheet also contains a data dictionary

U.S. Census population estimates (1.6MB, updated 14Jan2010)

Topographic and Administrative Maps

Joint Operations Group (JOG) 1:250,000 scale for the entire country
-5 individual map sheets in Erdas Imagine format (.img)
-Download file (.zip) contains two versions of the maps: clipped and maps with collar information
-ReadMe.txt contains projection information

JOG 1:250,000 Topographic Maps (290MB, updated 14Jan2010)

U.S. Defense Mapping Agency, Edition 4-DMA, Series E935., 1:12,500, 1994
-4 individual map sheets with map collars in TIFF format (.tif)
-ReadMe.txt contains projection information

DMA 1:12,500 Topographic Maps (68MB, updated 14Jan2010)

KML files (Google Earth)

A KMZ file that contains dynamic links to the two sets of topographic maps listed above is available:
Haiti Basemap files (2KB, Dynamic Link, updated 14Jan2010)

Additionally, a static KML with many different data layers developed by Google Earth Library is available:
Google Earth Library - Haiti KML (180MB, updated 16Jan2010)

Web Services

All web mapping services can be accessed through the KARS Geodata webpage by clicking on the Web Services link. Every web service can be viewed from the web services directory, and accessed through an ArcGIS ArcMap client. Most web services are also KML and WMS enabled.

As of 14 Jan 2010 we have two Haiti-based web services (Haiti_DMA and Haiti_JOG) that contain the map images listed above.


Joshua S. Campbell

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