Friday, August 24, 2007

UWI Vacancy - Lecturer in Land Surveying

Lecturer in Land Surveying
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad
Deadline Aug 31, 2007

  • Ph.D in Surveying and Land Information
  • Professional Association
  • Teaching in an academic environment and research agenda acquired in a surveying department.
  • Ability to manage large groups at undergraduate level, publication record.

Special Expertise/Area of Specialization
  • Land Surveying with an emphasis on the numerical aspects including Geodesy and Adjustment.
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Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hurricane Dean/ Jamaica

Hurricane Dean is a few hours away from passing over/ near Jamaica with Belize, Mexico and Cuba potentially in its path over the next few days. I've been party to an excellent effort over the last 48hrs to marshal spatial data and resources for a post-hurricane response. The extensive team effort behind the scenes that goes into making a MapAction deployment happen is in motion. And people have been pitching-in directly and indirectly, from Jamaica, Belize, the Bahamas, Washington State, Trinidad, Barbados, the UK, Guyana and en route to Ascension Island. It's been very affirming to see.

Hurricanes can be tracked via several good online sources and I'll mention a couple of mine:

NOAA National Hurricane Centre - Forecast maps and text advisories
NASA Earth Science Office - Imagery from weather satellites
They are both updated several times per day.

Other interesting links: Find out how hurricanes form and about categories of hurricanes. View custom maps of the current situation in Jamaica in the MapAction Map Catalogue.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Hurricane Dean

Hurricane Dean has reached Category 4 (NOAA Hurricane Center, 21:30 AST). Dominica, Saint Lucia and Montserrat felt its impact as the storm developed. But now Jamaica, Hispaniola and points east and north stand in harms way. Some countries have decided to request assistance in the form of pre-positioned teams - a prudent and commendable action. In terms of GIS, MapAction is readying itself to deploy to the region, to provide situational mapping assistance to the UN and National Emergency Management Agencies. If anyone can offer assistance in terms of available data that can assist a presumed disaster-response, do get in contact.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

USVI 3rd Annual GIS Conference

The Virgin Islands Geospatial Information Council (VIGIC) has scheduled its Third Annual GIS Conference this year for Nov 14 - 16, 2007 at the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort on St. Thomas USVI.

Themed “Empowering A Community of Users: Building A Strong Geospatial Connected Network Throughout The Caribbean. Advancing Policies and Best-Practices,” it is designed to promote the expansion of internal and external resource capabilities to improve knowledge and resource sharing. This year’s conference aim is empowering citizens, practitioners, technical experts, governmental staff, and a host of other equally critical partners in becoming involved.

The 2006 conference presentations are pretty interesting and can be found here. This event along with GSDI 10 in Trinidad in Feb 2008 and the 4th Caribbean GIS Conference in the Caymans in Aug 2008, makes three GIS conferences in the Caribbean over the next 12 months.

USVI's Height Modernization Project and related applications - flood plain mapping, storm water and sewer utility management, large scale engineering projects, hurricane evacuation and recovery planning, and topographic mapping - are likely to be featured.

Experts from around the Caribbean and the USVI will be there to share their expertise in building effective geospatial clearinghouses and in building institutional capacities for advancing GIS systems. As the crisis of global warming continues to astound and baffle people around the world, we will begin to better understand the role that geospatial information and technology plays in the larger vision of securing and safeguarding our environment and critical infrastructure. For further information please contact:

Theresa Anduze-Parris, PhD.
GIS Coordinator, Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Interim Chair, VIGIC
t. (340) 773-6459 x3131