About 20 project participants from GEM, Tanzania Prime Minister’s Office-Disaster Management Department (DMD), Nepal’s National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET), British Geological Survey (BGS), Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), ImageCat and the UK’s Office of Policy Management (OPM) participated in the 4th METEOR Project Quarterly Meeting held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania from 11-15 March.
The group discussed the progress of its key objectives covering the delivery and use of open-source national scale datasets for multihazard analysis; uptake of protocols to develop critical exposure information from EO data, and training of end users to utilize and understand hazard and exposure data.
GEM, represented by Paul Henshaw, Director of Technology and Development, presented two components: the modelling component to investigate how vulnerability and uncertainty of utilising and integrating data from various sources affect hazard and risk modelling; and the knowledge-sharing component to disseminate to the wider space and the development sectors to ensure that project outcomes will be available to the DRM community in the long term.
The meeting was highlighted by the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s (HOT) presentation on data collection tools and approach; and the demonstration of data collection by Ramani Huria - a community-based mapping project that began in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, training university students and local community members to create highly accurate maps of the most flood-prone areas of the city.
METEOR is a 3-year project funded by the UK Space Agency to develop innovative application of Earth Observation (EO) technologies to improve understanding of exposure with a specific focus on the countries of Nepal and Tanzania.
For more information, visit the project website at https://www.meteor-project.org/.