Teaching in Santiago de Chile at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America

NEOHAZ team members Carolin Klonner and Tomás Usón were teaching at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America (HCLA). The block module GIS 2 for the “research methodologies” seminar was attended by students of the international Master “Governance of Risks and Resources”. The master is a joined project of the Heidelberg University, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile, supported by the DAAD. The programme seeks to provide tools and profound knowledge regarding the management of natural resources and risks for the territorial planning process as well as the governance of related institutions. During the course, conceptual discussions related to VGI, crowdsourcing and implicit knowledge as well as tools for collecting and analysing data such as Kobocollect, OSM, OSM Field Papers, uMap and Overpass turbo were presented and applied by the students for mitigation, response and recovery of natural hazards. Theoretical background information as well as the use of such new tools during the sessions enabled the students to gain deeper understanding of factors influencing disaster risk management. In a final session with a disaster scenario, the students could choose from these tools and apply them for a field campaign.