Special seminar: MapAction: Geospatial support for humanitarian disasters
Running time: 1:00:23
This talk describes the British charity MapAction and its work in providing rapid response geospatial support to decision making and information management in humanitarian situations. The charity has been operational for over ten years and has deployed its teams of highly trained and self-sufficient professional volunteers to almost 40 emergencies covering both sudden onset natural disasters and complex crises. These deployments are usually but not exclusively in support of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The methods used by MapAction are covered along with examples from its deployments to illustrate its extensive field experience. The value to the direction of relief work of having a robust and adaptable geospatial team on the ground in the often chaotic conditions in the immediate aftermath of a disaster is emphasised. The talk also includes discussion of MapAction's regular participation in disaster preparation exercises, its many deployments to train staff in vulnerable countries in geospatial aspects of disaster risk reduction and its programme of data preparedness which was started as a result of the Haiti experience.
About Roy Wood MA, MSc FRICS, FRGS
Following a first career in geospatial support to defence he retired as the Director General of UK Military Survey in 1993. He then founded and ran a business information company for ten years before concentrating on voluntary work. Among other posts he has served as President of the Photogrammetric Society, Chairman of the Association for Geographic Information, Member of Council of the Royal Geographical Society and as a member of a number of academic advisory boards. He has worked with MapAction since 2007 and has been Chairman of Trustees since 2011.