Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard committed her shoe leather to the issue of climate change but would have been far better to have spent some money on maps and people who can read them.
The local paper suggests a meeting on climate change was poorly attended because local residents did not get an invitation due to poor use of maps.
Outside the U.S.
US AID is planning its own Geospatial Intelligence Center.
The GeoCenter's goal will be to collect best practices from those missions and try to establish common data standards among both different missions and between USAID and other aid organizations working in a single country or region so data can be more easily shared. The group also plans to standardize, as much as possible, the metadata different missions and agencies use, said Carrie Stokes, another GeoCenter organizer, so different groups can confidently use the same maps and datasets without duplicating work.
Don’t rebuild communities in areas where landslides had occurred.This advice comes from Dr. Beatriz Cuevas-Jadina of the Visayas State University (VSU) in Baybay City, Leyte, who has been studying high-risk landslide areas in Leyte.The VSU scientist made these recommendations based on her study entitled “GIS-Aided Bio-physical Characterization and Assessment of a Landscape in Relation to Landslide Occurrences.” GIS stands for geographic information.
I hope officials listen!