2015 Hurricane Patricia

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General Information

2015 Hurricane Patricia made landfall near Manzanillo, Mexico on Friday 23 October 2015, Information from NOAA

Hurricane Patricia Path from NOAA

For Aid Organizations

Map and Data Services

Map showing the editing activity of OSM contributors during Typhoon Haiyan

About OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap offers an online map (and spatial database) which is updated by the minute. Various tools and services allow data extracts for GIS specialists, Routable Garmin GPS data, Smartphone GPS navigation, and other device-compatible downloads. With an internet connection, regular syncing is possible with open access to the community contributed data as it comes in, with OpenStreetMap's bulk data downloads ideal for use offline. In addition, maps can also be printed to paper.

Browse the (example) Activation Area to get a feel for the data that is currently available. Different map styles including an Humanitarian style can be selected on the right side, and some data may not render (appear) on the map, but could be exported from the underlying database (See export section below).

Paper Maps

Poster size Maps and normal sized paper atlases of custom areas can be printed:

  • FieldPapers Paper Maps with grid for field survey or general navigation purposes,
  • MapOSMatic Large Paper Maps with grid, street index and POI, good for command centers, hospitals, etc.

Exporting OpenStreetMap data

Usage of OSM data for Humanitarian Missions

About This Humanitarian Activation

About HOT

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  • To learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), explore more of our wiki-pages (root: HOT) or our website hotosm.org. We are a global community of mostly volunteers, we are also a US Nonprofit able to contract with organizations (email info at hotosm.org to contact our staff), we are also a 501-c-3 charitable organization.

History of this Activation

Reaction of the OSM Community

HOT Activates

Tools, Adaptation and Services

The various OSM developers communicate over internet through various communication channels. In 2013 they implemented the new Humanitarian Map Style, a map more adapted to humanitarian actions. This map, hosted by OpenStreetMap - France, is integrated in various online map tools.

The Tasking Manager and the JOSM editor are essential parts of this Activation. As new imagery are available, new jobs are added to the Tasking Manager. It has allowed HOT to coordinate efforts of mappers around the world. Some days there were more then 200 simultaneous mappers registered on the Task Manager and editing mainly with the JOSM editor. Online editors are also used for less intensive mapping. LearnOSM offers learning material for beginners and more advanced mappers.


Robert Banick and Humberto Yances are leading this Activation.

Support Team

Dale Kunce, Mikel Maron, Russell Deffner and Cristiano Giovando are assisting the Activation.

Status Updates

Stats from roughly the first day of Activation.
  • Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 - 09:00 EDT - Hurricane Patricia quickly lost most of it force soon after it made landfall. Fortunately, it somehow avoided populated areas (See NYT Interactive Map). The news from the field are slowly coming. (note - in previous tropical cyclones that hit the PH, real [more accurate] news actually starts to come in after 2-3 days.)
    Although a lot of project tiles have been marked done, we are seeing a lot of missing features. Expert mappers, please review and validate tasks.
  • Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 - 1400 UTC - Updates and info on HOT's Hurricane Patricia mapping from the Activation Team
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 - Closing Hurricane Patricia Activation

Media coverage


Other Responses including Digital Humanitarian Network

For Mappers

How You Can Contribute

Learn to Map

  • Most of our volunteer needs are for remote OSM contributors, visit LearnOSM.org to get started.
  • If step by step videos work better for you these videos will get you from zero to mapping fast: Mapgive Learn to Map Videos
  • See the WikiProject Mexico page for information on mapping in Mexico.

Mapping Priority

  • Please choose from highest priority first
  • Experienced mappers are also asked to participate in validating completed tasks. Information on validating can be found here
  Job No.      Priority Location What to map Imagery Source Task Mapping Status Task Validation Status
Project 1257 Low Coastal buildings, roads and residential Bing/MapBox In Progress (93%) In Progress (84%)
Project 1258 Low Inland buildings, roads and residential Bing/MapBox In Progress (52%) In Progress (7%)

Available Imagery

The newly released imagery from DigitalGlobe is recommended.

How to add to JOSM

It's easy to add special imagery to JOSM from the task manager jobs, where an imagery URL is provided within the task manager. Clicking the URL should trigger JOSM remote control to add the new imagery as a layer. For more details see OSM Tasking Manager/Setting up JOSM


DigitalGlobe has published pre-event imagery with 50cm accuracy as a TMS layer.

  • JOSM url: https://api.mapbox.com/v4/digitalglobe.vivid-latam-caribbean/{zoom}/{x}/{y}.png?access_token=pk.eyJ1IjoiZGlnaXRhbGdsb2JlIiwiYSI6ImNpZzRqYng4OTJ1NWd0emt2b3Q2dWhwNXQifQ.8ohSIF9elaL6Z6Cx69Joxg
  • ID url: https://api.mapbox.com/v4/digitalglobe.vivid-latam-caribbean/{z}/{x}/{y}.png?access_token=pk.eyJ1IjoiZGlnaXRhbGdsb2JlIiwiYSI6ImNpZzRqYng4OTJ1NWd0emt2b3Q2dWhwNXQifQ.8ohSIF9elaL6Z6Cx69Joxg

Other resources and info from DigitalGlobe are available on their blog


Bing is the 'default' Imagery available for OSM (default option in most editors). The Bing imagery coverage for the area is mostly good - there are a few holes in coverage, alternative imagery sources may be provided in the Task Manager Jobs, and/or described below.


Mapbox Imagery is also available.

Government of Mexico

The Mexico open data site datos.gob.mx (in Spanish) made available pre-event imagery with 150cm accuracy as a TMS layer.

  • JOSM url: tms[22]:http://imagery.openstreetmap.fr/tms/1.0.0/mexico_spot/{zoom}/{x}/{y}
  • ID url: http://imagery.openstreetmap.fr/tms/1.0.0/mexico_spot/{z}/{x}/{y}

Potential Datasources

Edit-a-thon events

University of Utah - 26 Oct 2015, 17:00 MDT

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