In response the 7.8 Magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, we are gathering information for anyone interested in the response by the larger geospatial community. This response falls into several categories, such as: emergency mapping, geographic information about the quake, publishing and distribution of geographic datasets and imagery for analysis. We will provide links to the main resources in these categories and also try to outline the current steps being taken within the CGA and the Harvard community on this webpage.
To support health and environment related research, CGA is compiling an extensive GIS database of the Amazon region. Layers compiled include hydrography, land cover, mineral deposits, dams, biomes, roads, railroads, and municipal boundaries.
Maps on Top: Choropleth maps by US region were made showing Botox and Total cosmetic procedures from data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Map on bottom: Businesses offering cosmetic procedures were mapped for Boston and Seattle. Both maps made for the Body Image Community Indicators Mapping Project: A Pilot Study of Beauty Industry Spatial Concentration and Viable Regulatory Responses to Protect the Health of Youth.
The CGA taught a 2.5 day workshop on various ways to use GIS and mapping to help understand the effects of fracking on the environment and humans. Organized in conjunction with the HSPH, the workshop attendees included researchers and policy makers from across the U.S.