In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the coast of the Philippines, causing two billion dollars worth of property damage and affecting up to 11 million people. The project Tomnod, founded by several UCSD researchers, sought to improve the effectivity of disaster response by releasing thousands of square kilometers of satellite images to the public. Tomnod allowed users to peruse these images and tag damaged buildings. In the end, users identified over 400,000 damaged roads, bridges, and buildings.
Since then, Tomnod has been purchased by satellite company... READ MORE