[HOT] Fwd: Forest Fires in Uttarakhand,India
russell.deffner at hotosm.org
Thu May 5 13:47:04 UTC 2016
This may be useful to determine where: http://nrsc.gov.in/Forest_Fire_Uttarakhand - note I found some chatter about ‘false alarms’ as the MODIS satellite detects heat, so often ‘controlled’ fires (i.e. cooking, trash burning, etc.) also shows up. (more info on MODIS http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/ )
From: arungraphy at gmail.com [mailto:arungraphy at gmail.com] On Behalf Of Arun Ganesh
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 6:53 AM
To: Russell Deffner
Cc: Praveen Kalura; HOT at OSM (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team)
Subject: Re: [HOT] Fwd: Forest Fires in Uttarakhand,India
Praveen, have you found any good sources of information on the exact location and damage of the fires. The media reports vary widely and its unclear what the ground situation is.
Are you in touch with anyone on the ground who is part of the relief efforts who can provide more clarity?
On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 6:11 PM, Russell Deffner <russell.deffner at hotosm.org> wrote:
Hi Praveen and all,
As a student of Forest Fire Science and the HOT Disaster Mapping Program, I would be interested in discussing and possible assisting with a mapping effort. However, I personally don’t have much ‘extra’ time on my hands recently. Of course, many of us understand ‘what OSM can do’, but before HOT as an organization formally asks for a massive volunteer effort – unfortunately we have limited resources (people) and must prioritize. That said – any and all are welcome to ‘use the model’ to organize mapping; I should be able to ‘size-up’ the situation later today.
From: Praveen Kalura [mailto:praveenkalura at gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 12:49 AM
To: hot at openstreetmap.org
Subject: [HOT] Fwd: Forest Fires in Uttarakhand,India
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From: Praveen Kalura <praveenkalura at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 12:05 PM
Subject: Re: [HOT] Forest Fires in Uttarakhand,India
To: maning sambale <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com>
Answers for respective questions.
1. The OSM data can be used by Non Government organisations (NGO), Volunteers at field, Government forest Department officials, Fire Fighters and also by Communities to vacate the place before fire reaches to their place.
2. I have observed that for mountainous terrain the OSM data is not sufficient and accurate. due to which we face problem in finding a particular location in hilly terrain. Uttarakhand state is 70 % in hilly terrain which is resided by million of people. And also Uttarakhand state is most sensitive zone as per natural disaster is considered. So we need to map this state in phases like we did for Nepal after the earthquake event.This will ensure our preparedness to mitigate any natural calamity in this state.
On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 11:52 AM, maning sambale <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com> wrote:
Thank you for notifying us. Some questions before we talk about
1. Who will use the data on the ground? While mapping in general
improves the data in OSM for anyone to use, we want to make sure that
before focusing efforts of volunteer mappers, we know who will use
(and for what purpose) the data on the ground.
2. What specific features and where should we map? OSM focuses on
basemap information (i.e. roads, settlements, natural features, etc.).
Based on news reports, the area affected by the forest fires is large,
we want to focus on what are the priority areas which are usually
where communities maybe at risk.
On Thu, May 5, 2016 at 9:30 AM, Praveen Kalura <praveenkalura at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> This is Praveen from India, resident of Uttarkhand State, Last week 3000
> acres of Hilayan Forest were burnt by forest fires.Lack of proper map in
> public domain was missing. Mapping of the area is very difficult task in
> Mountaineous terrain. Can we do something so that this forest fires can be
> mitigated soon.
> Suggestion invited.
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