Tornados in Southern USA, May 2011

Release of "Global Map around State of Alabama, USA"

1.Release of the map

Tornados occurred from April 25th to 28th brought a large damage to the Southern part of USA. Out of the damaged areas, Global Map of State of Alabama and its vicinity, an area suffered most severely, is released. This map provides landform and land use of State of Alabama and its vicinity. The map was prepared by using Global Map and other data.

2.Use of this map

The map is freely available for non-commercial purposes.

3.Global Mapping Project

Global Mapping project is an endeavor advocated by the Ministry of Construction (present Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport) in 1992 to develop a digital map (Global Map) covering the whole globe to accurately express the status of global environment, implemented in international cooperation of respective National Mapping Organizations (NMOs) of the world. The Global Map can be used for studying global environmental problems, etc.

The Global Map data development is underway steered by the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM). The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) serves as the ISCGM Secretariat which takes a central role of the project management. The GSI also provides developing countries with necessary technologies.

The details of the project are shown at the following website.