Today: Talk on the use of geoinformatics at the German Red Cross

We are happy to invited to the presentations in the GIScience HD colloquium today. Everybody interested is invited to join the presentations and the discussion afterwards.

The use of geoinformatics at the German Red Cross

Katharina Lorenz, DRK e.V. ‑ Generalsekretariat, Berlin

– Date: Mon, January 27, 2.15 pm
– Place: Lecture Hall (room 015), Im Neuenheimer Feld 348, Institute of Geography, Heidelberg University

The German Red Cross (GRC) and the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) have been working together since 2017. This collaboration increased awareness at the GRC of how geoinformatics could support GRC’s projects in disaster risk reduction. Thus, a dedicated position for an advisor for geoinformatics was created at the Headquarter in Berlin in Autumn 2019. GRC is also in the process of becoming a Missing Maps member.

The presentation is going to give insights in particular how Missing Maps will be used on the international level, e.g. to support forecast-based financing projects but also on the national level. Here it is planned to introduce the Missing Maps concept to the regional and district offices of the GRC and equip them with the necessary tools to conduct Mapathons independently without support from the GRC headquarter.

Scholz, S., Knight, P., Eckle, M., Marx, S., Zipf, A. (2018): Volunteered Geographic Information for Disaster Risk Reduction: The Missing Maps Approach and Its Potential within the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Remote Sens., 10(8), 1239, doi: 10.3390/rs10081239.