Portuguese Wildfire Mapping

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General Information

The Portuguese Wildfire Mapping is an initiative created by the Humanitarian OSM Team that seeks to provide map data of areas in Portugal that have been classified as having the highest risk of wildfires happening.

Map showing the Humanitarian Map Style

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

See Downloading data for instructions on getting large scale map data. See Shapefiles if you need this format to export to GIS tools.

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Offline Road Navigation with small devices

With the availibility of Small communication devices, Navigation Offline data proves to be very useful to the humanitarians deployed in foreign countries. We support the humanitarian NGO's using navigation data and invite them to give us feedback on the utilization of these devices in the context of field deployment.

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Usage of OSM data for Humanitarian Missions

About This Humanitarian (Mapping Project or) 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 HMP/Activation

Reactivity 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.


Marcos Oliveira (ViriatoLusitano) is currently coordinating this activation. Regions requiring mapping are coordinated through the use of the HOT Tasking Manager.

Support Team

Andrew Buck provides supervision over this tasking manager.

Effort made

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For Mappers

  • Example: HOT Coordinator(s) requesting remote mapping assistance from the 1st of July to 30th of September (critical wildfire phase).

How You Can Contribute

Learn to Map

  • Contribute from the internet by tracing buildings, roads, waterways, etc. Visit LearnOSM.org to get started.
  • More experienced OSM contributors are invited to read the guidelines on portuguese mapping conventions. You can also assure the quality of the mapping, validating the Task manager tasks or using the various OSM Quality control tools.
  • Local knowledge is also essential. In case you're living in one of the mapped areas, please complete the map by adding name of roads or various other important infrastructures. You can edit the map using small devices like smartphones.
  • Add a Note or report an Error using the Notes feature on the Online Map. OSM contributors will edit the map from your comments.

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
Centro Region Low Portugal Tracks waterways and residential areas Bing In Progress In Progress

Response maps

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Available Imagery

Use this area to describe the availability and quality of imagery for the HMP/Activation area.

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


Bing is the 'default' Imagery available for OSM (default option in most editors). Describe the Bing imagery coverage for the HMP/Activation area, alternative imagery sources may be provided in the Task Manager Jobs, and/or described below.

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Potential Datasources

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Historical Maps

  • Historical maps, and other out-of-copyright sources can be rectified and used as a layer through MapWarper
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Mapathon events

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Past Events

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Media coverage


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Other Responses including Digital Humanitarian Network

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Other Links