Maps in Disasters, Revisited

Last month I posted about the evolving maps during the San Diego Firestorm 2007. Yesterday as I was sitting in a waiting room, I was browsing the Union-Tribune, and found this article going into a bit of the detail of how those maps were created. It still doesn’t talk much about what advances were made, but does describe the players, basically San Diego State University, a team from Google, a prof from UCSD, and a collection of worldwide researchers who focus on imaging all got together. Form the U-T article, I mainly glean that the map images were the result of taking map images from a wide variety of sources (satellite, aerial footage, thermal imaging), and using “geo-referencing” to align them all onto the same map.