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Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag Series focuses on mapping disaster responses

Sam Miller
January 20, 2017

Rob Delach, senior geospatial manager at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, will discuss how maps assist responders reach those in need during disasters at the first Voinovich School Energy and Environmental Brownbag of the semester on Friday, January 27 from 12 – 1 p.m. in Bldg. 22, Room 221 at the The Ridges.

The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) rallies a huge network of volunteers to create online maps that enable responders to reach those in need. Delach will be discussing how these maps also allow them to prioritize response missions to areas that are hardest hit by the disaster. Many of the poorest and most vulnerable places in the world do not exist on any map and it is HOT’s mission to plot these communities. HOT also supports mapping projects around the world and assists people in creating their own maps for socio-economic development and disaster preparedness.

Attendees will learn about the OpenStreetMap project, a crowd-sourced map of the World, and how it is being used for humanitarian disaster response, recovery and preparedness. Anyone can help in times of need by volunteering with emergency mapping support from the comfort of their own computer screen.

Delach joined the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in November 2016 and manages all aspects of the Voinovich School’s GIS and geospatial analysis program.He has more than 18 years of GIS experience working with United States Geological Survey, the Army National Guard, National Guard Bureau, and for Dewberry, an engineering and architectural firm.

The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs Energy and Environmental Brownbag Series runs each semester. These Friday forums include an informal lunch presentation and Q&A related to environmental topics of interest. The events are open to all Voinovich School students, as well as OHIO faculty, staff and students and the community. Free pizza will be served, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Not sure how to get up to The Ridges? Check out the Red Line CATS Shuttle, the Athens Public Transit routes, walk or ride your bike.

For additional information, contact Loraine McCosker at mccosker@ohio.edu.