geographic reference map

Part of a geographic reference map created by the German Aerospace Center and based on Landsat 5 data acquired on 25 January 2010. Credit: DLR

Jul 28, 2011 • Eastern Africa is in the grip of the worst drought it has seen in 60 years and the region is facing severe famine. In Somalia alone, it is estimated that 3.7 million people have been affected by the drought.

The uncertain political situation in Somalia has hampered relief efforts and sent thousands fleeing to border countries, such as Ethiopia.

In an effort to support the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief work on the ground, Germany’s space agency has created maps of the regions in Ethiopia where refugee camps have sprung up. The maps are based on Landsat 5 data and are supplemented with vector data from various sources.

Source: German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Further Information:
Famine in East Africa, Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information, DRL [external link]
UN: DLR/ZKI produces Geographic Reference Maps to Support Relief Response to the Famine in East Africa [external link]