Haiti Earthquake 2010: Remote Sensing based Building Damage Assessment Data


This page contains links to building damage assessment GIS datasets and corresponding PDF atlas series in support to the Post Disaster Needs Assessment and Recovery Framework (PDNA) carried out under the lead of the Government of Haiti following the 12 January 2010 Haiti earthquake.

Atlas series and GIS datasets are freely available for download as the result of a joint collaboration between: Centre National de l'Information Géo Spatiale (CNIGS) Haiti, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), the European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) and The World Bank (WB) who worked jointly in support of the PDNA by providing remotely sensed (aerial photographs and satellite imagery) based damage analysis of buildings within areas most affected by the earthquake.

Digital data available for download

IMPORTANT: before downloading GIS datasets and atlases, please refer to and download the read-me file.

This is a damage assessment based on satellite imagery and aerial photos. The work was carried out on a best effort basis within a strict time frame and should be used being aware of the resulting limitations. Omissions and class confusion may occur in the dataset.

  • A Geodatabase package that contains a building damage feature dataset with associated attribute fields stored within an ESRI format file geodatabase (v. 9.3.1)
    Click here, 15.8MB
  • A Shapefile package that contains building damage points with associated attribute fields
    Click here, 5.72MB
Building Damage Assessment Atlas series for the following 11 most affected communes

Other Haiti-related products produced by UNOSAT may be found here: http://www.unitar.org/unosat/maps/HTI

When using this dataset, or parts of it, the source should be cited as: "Remote sensing damage assessment: UNITAR/UNOSAT, EC JRC and World Bank".

Questions and feedbacks concerning these map products and GIS datasets may be directed to UNITAR/UNOSAT at joint-assessment-haiti@unosat.org with unosat@unitar.org in copy.