Monday 7th September, 2009
2:15pm to 2:15pm
MapAction is a specialist aid charity that sends emergency mapping teams to natural disasters worldwide, using GIS and GPS data collection to help to create a shared operational picture for humanitarian decision makers/responders on the ground. Since 2004, MapAction teams have assisted in 16 disaster response efforts as well as training many hundreds of humanitarian professionals in basic geospatial methods.
Drawing on practical experience gained during deployments to Haiti, Myanmar, Kenya and other locations, this talk will provide an overview of the humanitarian geospatial scene while looking at some of the problems of obtaining and providing timely geospatial information in a disaster situation, some the tools available and the lessons learned from five years "in the field".
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