[HOT] Hurricane Matthew response : Imagery/UAV coordination and support to local Haitian UAV capacities

nicolas chavent nicolas.chavent at gmail.com
Sat Oct 8 04:30:58 UTC 2016


Hi there,

Thanks Blake and Cristiano,

We do monitor imagery releases and understand imagery management in
humanitarian response, Fred and I have been in this field for quite some
time...

When Fred wrote its email to the activation group dated 2-October 2016, the
timing was good for a charter activation possible via Fred excellent
relations with the Haitian government built over years right after the 2010
Quake with IOM. HOT US Inc Activation group decided not to seize that
opportunity to be more proactive and handle as upfront as possible the
imagery requests and the coverage of AOIs for openstreetmap to be put in
the best position unleash its mapping power.

The same passivity seems to have gone with UAV imagery collection and Fred
+ Potentiel3.0 offer to help has not been considered.

Considering that this is the first time in the HOT US Inc history that a
member of the organization experienced/equipped/ready is positioned in a
country about to be hit by a disaster
Knowing how vital timely provision of hight resolution imagery for post
disaster needs assessments and mapping in OSM is,
it's puzzling to consider that nothing has been done to harness such a
promising situation.
It seems that nothing has been communicated nor no linkages made with other
groups active on this front.

Policy-wise and procedure wise your point about UAV coordination is
debatable:
coordination for imagery provision via relations with imagery providers and
domain actors is at the heart of any OSM crisis response, why would UAV
imagery be treated differently ?
At a time where the tech makes it almost as easy to fly a drone & collect
imagery than collecting traces and waypoints with GPS. We are not going to
give away our GPS, fieldppers, mobile apps, are not we? Why would we do
this for UAV ?

Historically OSM in crisis response came as an innovation which succeeded
and to succeed it had to be agile and sometimes disruptive, this how the
HOT Project reached a milestone in the Haiti 2010 Quake response and
"changed the course of humanitarian action for ever" (to quote
JohnCrowley).

What happened to the 2010 ethos, agility, pragmatism that lead to the
incorporation of HOT US Inc in Aug 2010 and the progresses registered so
far? How can HOT US Inc come to this situation ie not using the skills of
one of its members to boost the OSM/GIS crisis response by (i) helping to
task satellites and (2) fly drones BEFORE any other UAV groups can deploy
to the island ?

It's time to fix this and make sure HOT US Inc acts so that Fred and local
Haitian dronists who grew up in the aftermath of the 2010 Quake and
incorporate as a Haitiano-swiss association can do well for CycloneMatthew
response what they had been doing well since 2012 Hurricane Sandy. It shall
not be hard to provide connection and support with partners having
logistics in Haiti and working with OSM like IOM, WFP, ARC to name a few to
assist moving one or two persons with a drone over the island...

This means timely collected/processed/produced/released UAV imagery and
OSM/GIS opendata
This also means consideration for local persons who built their capacities
with the support of dedicated, skilled persons
This also means consideration for those who layed the ground for OSM, the
HOT project and HOT US Inc in Haiti.
This also means not treating Cyclone Matthew crisis in Haiti like a country
with no local OSM/UAV/opendata capacities.

Let's work this out and use Haitian home brewed UAV imagery among other UAV
imageries hopefully produced in a coordinated manner

Best,
Nicolas

On Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 8:33 AM, Cristiano Giovando <
cristiano.giovando at hotosm.org> wrote:

> Hi Nicolas,
>
> Yes Fred's experience and presence in the field would be invaluable for
> collecting data. As Blake mentioned HOT does not really engage in UAV
> mapping during active disaster situations, so it would probably be best to
> coordinate with other field responders to understand their immediate needs.
> In either case, would be great if orthomosaics eventually produced could be
> contributed to OAM --> https://upload.openaerialmap.org for anyone to use.
>
> With regards to the charter, it looks like it's been activated already
> five times for Matthew https://www.disasterscharter.org/web/guest/
> activations/charter-activations  Would be great if you guys can follow up
> and understand what imagery has been made available and usable in OSM.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Cristiano
>
>
> On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 11:44 AM, Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> I agree, experienced UAV and local operators would be great.
>>
>> HOT does not coordinate any UAV missions in disaster situations, that is
>> handled by UAViators Humanitarian UAV Network as far as I understand things
>> and have already seen them mentioned as providing coordination for
>> Hurricane Matthew missions. Anyone flying UAV missions or offering UAV
>> services should contact them and let them know of their availability or
>> mission plans.
>>
>> My understanding further is that OpenAerialMap will be used to index and
>> display imagery collected as part of that. However OAM is glad to index and
>> provide access to any UAV imagery collected properly in a crisis situation.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Blake
>>
>> On Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 5:21 PM, nicolas chavent <
>> nicolas.chavent at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Hey there,
>>>
>>> At that stage of HurricaneMatthew response, can we know the status on
>>> Fred's proposal.
>>>
>>> Fred has a unique experience and most robust experience within the HOT
>>> community and the HOT US Inc organization when it comes to
>>> Haiti : multi years of work experience as GIS Officer for IOM right
>>> after 2010 quake working closely with OSM data and communities in a variety
>>> of GIS themes.
>>> Imagery : multi years of work with UNOSAT prior 2010 quake.
>>> UAV : Very first IM/GIS/RS Officer to use efficiently, timely UAV
>>> (Sensefly Ebee/pix4d) for damage assessment with a team of local Haitian.
>>> TGISers/mappers/Dronists both IOM staffs and Haitian OSM community members
>>> at the event of the Hurricane Sandy [1,2,3,4]. Fred had been supporting the
>>> development of drone-based capacities within IOM and at community level.
>>> Fred and the Haitian UAV collective have by far the largest experience of
>>> using drones in Haiti. Their expertise and experience spans imagery
>>> handling, imagery hosting (with OSMFrance) for OSM mapping and thorough
>>> modeling/analysis. They're a unique asset for this response.
>>>
>>> They're the dream team (with equipments at hands) on standby to get
>>> local UAV OSM and opendata Haitian communities generating post disaster UAV
>>> imagery for Cyclone Matthew in a coordinated way. Fred did activate the
>>> Charter for Hurricane Sandy in 2012. They communicated in a timely fashion
>>> to be able to do for Cyclone Matthew what they have been doing well prior
>>> and after Hurricane Sandy (2012) response.
>>>
>>> It would be great to know if we can count on their contributions for
>>> this response when various communities from the Humanitarian/Development
>>> sectors and the OSM community are responding.
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>> Nicolas
>>>
>>> [1] : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Sandy
>>> [2] : http://drones.fsd.ch/en/2016/06/03/case-study-no-8-high-reso
>>> lution-uav-imagery-for-camp-management-in-haiti/
>>> [3] : https://irevolutions.org/2014/07/09/uavs-for-disaster-risk-r
>>> eduction-haiti/
>>> [4] : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oou32o-jR0M
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Oct 2, 2016 at 12:50 PM, FredM <frmoine at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Dear all,
>>>>
>>>> Strange I cannot open your link;
>>>>
>>>> Sending back again http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/2195
>>>>
>>>> In haiti right now, in stand by as OSM contributor + 1 uav ebee + 2
>>>> phantom 3 (3 batteries).
>>>>
>>>> Ready to activate international charter as I have done it for sandy.
>>>>
>>>> All the best FredM
>>>>
>>>> On 02/10/2016 06:29, Kunce, Dale wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I just looked at the 8pm update from NHC and Matthew just tacked east
>>>> and is likely to make a direct hit of Haiti.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/025316.shtml?3-daynl
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I've looked over map in the area and the roads are fairly good but
>>>> buildings and other landmarks are not well mapped. I think at this time its
>>>> worth putting out a preemptive mapping tasks for the South (Sud) admin area
>>>> that is most likely to get hit in roughly 48 hours or so. Given the
>>>> potential for life threatening rainfall and floods.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I went ahead and published tasks http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/2195/
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> The American Red Cross is likely to respond to any significant event in
>>>> Haiti or Jamaica. At this point we are only preparing and have not made a
>>>> decision to deploy any staff or resources.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Je viens de regarder à la mise à jour de 20 heures de NHC et Matthew
>>>> est simplement cloué et est susceptible de faire un coup direct d'Haïti.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_at4+shtml/025316.shtml?3-daynl
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Je l'ai regardé sur la carte dans la région et les routes sont assez bons, mais les bâtiments et autres monuments ne sont pas bien cartographiés. Je pense à ce moment sa peine de mettre sur une des tâches de cartographie de préemption pour le Sud (Sud) zone d'administration qui est le plus susceptible d'être touché dans environ 48 heures ou plus. Compte tenu du potentiel pour la vie des précipitations et des inondations menaçant.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Je suis allé de l'avant et publié tâches http://tasks.hotosm.org/projec
>>>> t/2195/
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> La Croix-Rouge américaine est susceptible de répondre à tout événement
>>>> important en Haïti ou de la Jamaïque. À ce stade, nous ne préparons et n'a
>>>> pas pris la décision de déployer de personnel ou de ressources.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>> *Dale Kunce* | Global Lead ICT & Analytics  | International Services |
>>>> American Red Cross | Cell 510.842.7523 | Skype dkunce​
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