As part of our commitment to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, we just finished rendering an update to our Satellite basemap. Using imagery collected as recently as last month, the update encompasses the refugee camps in Calais, France. What you see on our basemap now more accurately reflects the realities on the ground.

This update assists the work that Mapfugees, in collaboration with HOT, has been doing in the area. By creating detailed, multilingual maps of the refugee camps in Calais, assistance can be more effectively provided to the community.

Katja Ulbert of Mapfugees commented on the benefits of this approach:

Due to the makeshift character of its shelters and facilities, it is a huge challenge to identify and analyze structures. Combining ground truth and remote mapping with up-to-date imagery enables us to capture the camps architecture and dynamics in a professional and sustainable process.

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