Torrential Rain-affected Region in Northwest China

Release of "Global Map around Zhouqu, Gansu Province, China"

1.Release of the map

The global map released this time shows Zhouqu, Gansu Province, China severely affected by mudslides triggered on August 8 due to torrential rains. This includes topographical and land-use information in the devastated region in Gansu Province.

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 websites.