Xinhua: Chinese restoration specialists help Nepal recover soul of Kathmandu Valley culture

Xinhua: Chinese restoration specialists help Nepal recover soul of Kathmandu Valley culture. “Forming thousands of jigsaw pieces into a picture might be a headache for many, but what Chinese restorer Zhou Jianguo and his team face in Nepal is far more challenging — numerous pieces of debris from a world cultural heritage site that was damaged in a 7.9-magnitude earthquake. The devastating earthquake jolted Kathmandu Valley in 2015, the heart of Nepal’s world cultural heritage sites, causing great damage to the historical building complexes, including the finest temples and towers in the renowned Kathmandu Durbar Square.”

USGS: Landslide Risks Highlighted in New Online Tool

USGS: Landslide Risks Highlighted in New Online Tool . “The U.S. Geological Survey today unveiled a new web-based interactive map that marks an important step toward mapping areas that could be at higher risk for future landslides. In collaboration with state geological surveys and other federal agencies, USGS has compiled much of the existing landslide data into a searchable, web-based interactive map called the U.S. Landslide Inventory Map.”

The Sociable: FindMeBahamas launches to find missing people after Hurricane Dorian

The Sociable: FindMeBahamas launches to find missing people after Hurricane Dorian. “Over 4,000 people in the Caribbean still have unknown statuses following Hurricane Dorian’s destruction in late August and early September. At one point Grand Bahama Island was almost completely covered by water while the Abacos were all but annihilated. To help find the thousands of missing people in the Caribbean, Trueface partnered with Bluestone Technologies Ltd, and today they launched FindMeBahamas.”

Mongabay: New app tracks down forest fires in Bolivia

Mongabay: New app tracks down forest fires in Bolivia. “Called ‘Amazon Fires — Bolivia,” the application pulls in data on the pollutant particles that get trapped in the air above a fire from a sensor on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5 satellite. By combining that ‘aerosol’ data with recent satellite images using Google Earth Engine, app users can plot out the locations of fires in ‘near real time.'”

Bing Blogs: Microsoft releases 18M building footprints in Africa to enable AI Assisted Mapping

Bing Blogs: Microsoft releases 18M building footprints in Africa to enable AI Assisted Mapping. “Since the inception of Tasking Manager, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) community has mapped at an incredible rate with 11 million square kilometers mapped in Africa alone. However, large parts of Africa with populations prone to disasters still remain unmapped — 60% of the 30 million square kilometers. Under Microsoft’s AI for Humanitarian Action program, Bing Maps together with Microsoft Philanthropies is partnering with HOT on an initiative to bring AI Assistance as a resource in open map building. The initiative focuses on incorporating design updates, integrating machine learning, and bringing new open building datasets into Tasking Manager.”

University of Alaska Fairbanks: New tsunami map tool empowers Alaskans to plan for the worst

University of Alaska Fairbanks: New tsunami map tool empowers Alaskans to plan for the worst. “The Alaska Earthquake Center’s new Alaska Tsunami Hazard Map Tool will help people plan for the worst. The tool, which went live this month, is an online map portal that displays potential tsunami hazard zones for settlements across Alaska.”