As members of the disastermappers heidelberg and the GIScience Research Group we were presenting our research at this years ISCRAM conference in Kristiansand, Norway. ISCRAM being a conference for researchers and practitioners in the field of disaster and emergency management, we also used this situation to set up a spontaneous Mapping Support Event for Nepal.
In this manner we showed the ISCRAM community how to support relief efforts in Nepal remotely and moreover provided insights about the practice of disaster management in a developing country directly from the ground. Therefore we also invited Dr. Nama Raj Budhathoki, Executive Director of the Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) team, via Skype.
The session started with a short introduction and video showing the help efforts of KLL team following the earthquakes in Nepal and ways how to support the team remotely, see here.
Nama then provided an overview about the activities and happenings in Nepal and the current situation on the ground. Afterwards the participants were invited for a Q&A.
Following this we started the hands on remote mapping session in which we focused on a priority task for Nepal in the HOT Tasking Manager, see the great results here:
We would like to thank everyone who participated.
Benjamin and Melanie