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Climate Mapathon | ESA Living Planet Symposium

 

As a result of mutual efforts of Politecnico di MilanoESA Climate Office and PoliMappers, you are warmly invited to participate in the Climate Mapathon @LPS, which will be carried out during Living Planet Symposium 2019

This mapathon - a coordinated mapping event - is being held throughout Living Planet Symposium, where there will be an amazing crowd of people who are already quite used to looking at satellite imagery. 

To map features from high-resolution satellite imagery or from local on-ground knowledge, volunteers will be asked to use the free and editable global map OpenStreetMap. ​

The Climate Mapathon @LPS is introduced during two Agora sessions in the Agora Giardino. Besides these introductions, the mapathon depends on your efforts throughout the symposium! Map during lunch breaks, in hotel rooms, on the train, whenever you need some quiet time during this week of exciting activity... 

And of course, if you cannot attend Living Planet Symposium but still want to contribute, you are more than welcome to do so! Just follow the instructions:

--> Mapathon - quick start guide

In many areas of the world, roads, houses and even entire villages are invisible on existing maps. As the occurrence of natural disasters like floods and wildfires is expected to increase with climate change, the availability of adequate maps is becoming ever more important for disaster relief. What’s more, the driver of anthropogenic climate change - human impact on the natural environment - can be displayed by having a map as an evidence of transformation of natural features into human managed/built features.

Our two mapping tasks, described below, each zoom in on a cause or consequence of climate change.  

Sea Level Rise – Comoros

Climate change impacts small island developing states (SIDS) like Comoros in a variety of ways and degrees of severity, but in general consequences for these nations are out of proportion compared to their emissions. Sea level rise and extreme sea level events threaten Comoros low-lying coastal areas with coastal flooding and erosion. Other challenges are posed by changing weather patterns. For this task, mapping enthusiasts will be asked to map buildings on the island Mwali.

This task will be introduced at 09:00 on Tuesday 14 May at the Giardino agorà, at the Living Planet Symposium.

Start mapping! https://tasks.teachosm.org/project/863

Deforestation – Brazil

Earth’s largest rainforest, Amazon, has been under anthropogenic influence which massively destroyed certain parts of it. Unfortunately, this influence is still present nowadays. In order to collect valuable data to estimate scale and possibly underlaying causes of deforestation, the mapping enthusiasts will be asked to map features relative to artificial surface, barren land, agricultural areas and forest looking at the satellite imagery of Brazilian Amazon rainforest.

This will be introduced at 11:00 on Wednesday 15 May at the Giardino agorà, at the Living Planet Symposium.

Start mapping! https://tasks.teachosm.org/project/856

Getting started

If you are already familiar with mapping in OpenStreetMap, you can just follow the links given in the task descriptions above and start mapping!
 

Otherwise, follow the quick guide on how to get started here.  

A very detailed beginner’s guide is found here

Find us at LPS!

Come talk to us at the ESA booth and Politecnico di Milano (#25) booth at the following times (subject to small changes):

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wed

Thursday

Friday

10:00–11:00

 

ESA

 

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11:00-12:00

 

Politecnico di Milano 

 

Politecnico di Milano 

Politecnico di Milano 

12:00-13:00

Politecnico di Milano 

Politecnico di Milano 

ESA 

Politecnico di Milano 

Politecnico di Milano 

13:00-14:00

Politecnico di Milano 

  

 

ESA 

 

14:00-15:00

ESA 

 

Politecnico di Milano 

ESA

 

15:00-16:00

 ESA  

 

Politecnico di Milano 

ESA

 

16:00-17:00

ESA

 

ESA

ESA

 

17:00–18:00

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18:00–19:00

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Data protection notice:

The European Space Agency is not affiliated with OpenStreetMap and is not storing or processing any personal data submitted to OpenStreetMap in the frame of this Mapathon