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An Introduction to LIDAR Technology

Although global development and economic growth has reduced poverty by the millions, the impacts of changing climates still pose as a global challenge. Natural disasters caused by extreme weather events such as droughts, fires, storms and floods are becoming more intense, more frequent, and less predictable as our planet grows warmer (USAID, 2014). Shifting rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, rising temperatures, and the acidification of our oceans continue to threaten and further worsen the existing challenges (2014). USAID remains optimistic regardless of the risks presented. These risks offer opportunities for individuals to come together to develop technology capable of efficiently con

Climate and Disease: Can the Environment Predict Transmission Risk?

Introduction: Climate and Disease In my home state of Pennsylvania, we are again experiencing a hotter-than-average summer. Additionally, for the last month, this area has been inundated with storms which have dumped massive amounts of rain and caused significant flooding. Though a bad period of storms may be difficult to pin on climate change directly; consistent, increasing temperatures are surely a sign that our local environment is changing. This theory is corroborated by research conducted by the Pennsylvania State University which determined that Pennsylvania as seen a 1 degree Celsius increase in average temperature over the last century, as well as an increase in “wet” months. These

YouthMapping for Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction

Now the world is fetching different types of Natural disasters because the climate is changing. As mappers, we cannot directly reduce the climate change but minimize. Unplanned urbanization and industrialization is the main reason of climate change. We can also contribute by mapping. All types of work are possible by using OpenStreetMap data. Like development work, disaster preparedness, relief distribution, rehabilitation, resilience, health and medical support etc. There are many vulnerable and disaster prone areas in the world which are unmapped. Like Coastal areas, Islands, Hill tracts, disconnected remote area. For this reason the people of the community are always in risk. So community

My Experience Participating In Opencities Accra Project

My name is Chris Eshun, a third-year Geomatic Engineering student at the University of Mines and Technology,Tarkwa, Ghana. I am the Training Coordinator for UMaT YouthMappers Chapter, a member of OpenStreetMap Ghana and the current President of the Geomatic Engineering Students Association. The Open Cities Africa (Accra) project is a project that seeks to make Alogboshie and its environs resilient to natural disasters, especially flooding. The project also involves the remote mapping of Nima, Akweteyman and Alajo which are areas of focus in a larger resilience project, GARID, and are all located along the Odaw River which is prone to floods. This project is being implemented in Ghana by the

3rd Annual Central Appalachia Mapathon

There was good energy walking into Brooks Hall on this chilly October day. Most West Virginia University students were on their fall break but the “stalwarts” of WVU’s Geography Department were here and ready to play host to the dozens of California University students who made the hour long drive down to be there. The group of students coming down were from a variety of academic backgrounds like business, environmental science, and, of course, geography. We were given a quick tour of the building and were shown the computer lab where we would holding the 3rd Annual Central Appalachia Mapathon. For the past few years this event has seen the best and brightest of the two neighboring Geogra

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