Pamela Tudge completes MA thesis

I recently completed my MA thesis entitled Cultivating Change: using the geoweb to map the food system in the North Okanagan, with Dr. Jon Corbett and with support from GEOIDE team 41.

My study examined how the geoweb can be used as a communication tool between advocates, farmers and community members in a small town setting. I have attached a pdf of the thesis below.  



Patrick Allen's Research Video - Geolive at the Allan Brooks Nature Centre

Patrick Allen, a graduate student at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan is investigating tools to enable habitat mapping.

United Nations Mapping in Climate Change Effort

The UN has initiated a Cities in Climate Change Initiative. As part of this, they'll be compiling a list of tools to map climate change impacts, particularly in cities. These also will include all kinds of tools related to risk assessment and vulnerability mapping. They plan to report on the Sustainable Urban Development Network. Stay tuned for their report.

Rahemtulla presentation at GEOIDE 2009 #2

Rahemtulla presentation at GEOIDE 2009 #2

Mapping Change For Sustainable Communities, Hanif Rahemtulla In the United Kingdom the areas of East London and the Thames Gateway are facing huge and accelerating changes. If local people and communities are to engage effectively with the processes of change they need to know what is going on, to understand how proposed changes may affect them and to feel confident to play a positive role in those changes. Currently these communities face change in their areas with limited means (institutions and knowledge) to assess and influence decision‐making processes and feel excluded and alienated from the changes taking place and report that their concerns go unaddressed. As a result, some stakeholders are missing from project discussions. Mapping is a powerful way to engage local communities; to visually represent information; to provide evidence of environmental inequalities and also in helping to draw new links and ideas. Through participatory processes we developed an on‐line interactive GIS‐based map of East London which provides a central hub linking information in an accessible and policy relevant format. The map can be used to link planning proposals and development sites with flood and climate data, air and noise pollution mapping, local environmental and social issues, and projects. Most importantly, the map is continually evolving as local people are able to enter information and use the map as a mode of communication. In the long term, this map will help to develop a clearer identity of the environmental issues and inequalities which exist in East London and the Thames Gateway.

MapWorld Forum and Sustainable Earth

This year's MapWorld Forum, in Hyderabad, India, takes place from February 10-13, 2009. The theme for this year's conference is Geospatial Technology for Sustainable Planet Earth.

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