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URISA's GISCorps Working on Myanmar (Burma) Cyclone Recovery Efforts

May 15, 2008
URISA's GISCorps began the process of recruiting and identifying volunteers and by May 12 twenty volunteers were recruited and began working to assist with the compilation of infrastructure damage data.

May 14, 2008 (PARK RIDGE, IL) – On May 9, 2008, URISA’s GISCorps began the process of recruiting and identifying volunteers to assist with the compilation of infrastructure damage data in the Cyclone Nargis affected areas in Myanmar (Burma).

By May 12, twenty volunteers were recruited and began working remotely, under the direction of Tom Ponte, a GISCorps volunteer. They are tasked with performing change detection analysis for various features such as roads, buildings, bridges, monasteries, etc. from Google Earth environment.

The supporting agency that contacted GISCorps for volunteer GIS expertise was UNOSAT, which is the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme.

GISCorps continues to accept volunteer applications in preparation for any additional requests for assistance from the affected region. Frequent volunteer updates will be sent in the coming weeks. Visit URISA ( www.urisa.org ) or the GISCorps ( www.giscorps.org ) websites for more information.