Online mapping emerges as key tool for the UN and Red Cross in getting aid to areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
Hundreds of online map-makers around the world have pooled their talents to help relief agencies make critical decisions in the Typhoon Haiyan-stricken Philippines.
Thousands of social media images have been tagged, while citizen map-makers - dubbed “digital humanitarians” - have traced roads and rated typhoon damage for the UN and aid agencies.
Online mapping has become a key tool in Philippines relief efforts and disaster response drives around the world, with US space agency NASA issuing satellite maps showing typhoon damage in the Asia-Pacific region.
Volunteers shared more than 7,000 images on the MicroMappers Image Clicker, which were collated by the online crowdsourcing organisation the Standby Volunteer Task Force, the global humanitarian relief group GISCorps and the database organisation ESRI into online maps.
I am seriously considering stringing for Al Jazeera after my USAID adaptation contract is up. They are, by far in my opinion, leading the world in media, journalism, investigations, and “tone.”
Yale’s list has 150 environmental job websites over several categories:
1. General Job Sites
2. General Environmental Job Sites
3. Climate Change & Energy Job Sites
4. Conservation/Ecology/Natural Resources/Wildlife Job Sites
5. CSR/SRI/Sustainable Development/Business Job Sites
6. Economics/Policy Job Sites
7. Environmental Consulting Job Sites
8. Forestry Job Sites
9. GIS Job Sites
10. International Job Sites
11. Planning Job Sites
12. Water Job Sites
13. U.S. Government Job Sites
14. Agricultural Economics, Agriculture and Food
It’s in French. Sorry! Still worth downloading. Shows rapid (rabid) deforestation across Madagascar by district. It’s a GIS analysis with data sets described. Originally slated for REDD+ baseline, the study evolved into a deforestation research project.
Madagascar was among the last pristine places on the planet. Not any more. The island is being bulldozed and sold off to aggressive companies who are scraping up rainforests to mine for gold, metals, minerals, timber, etc. So, basically, it seems to me, the above excellent report is nothing more than a historic record rather than a policy development piece.
US Army Corps of Engineers levee database
Infrastructure boner! Includes census data, streamgages, FEMA flood maps, political districts, population densities, USGS quads, precipitation over time(!), even weather - oh man, this is fantastic and now I won’t be able to get work done…
Would like to see who uses it, and how.
reblogged via californiawatch:
Ever wonder just how hot it’s going to get in your town if the climate changes as scientists predict? Or whether your beachfront house is going to be underwater if sea levels rise?
The answers to those questions – and more – can now be accessed through a nifty interactive Internet tool designed by Google, in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey, several California universities and others.