Tag Archives: Typhoon Yolanda

Coconut Challenge + Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby

MicroMappers is launching its expedition to the Philippines. The purpose of this deployment is to assess the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on coconut trees (over 30 million were destroyed by the Typhoon) and thus the impact on local livelihoods. The effort involves using the Aerial Clicker to tag damaged and healthy coconut tree trunks. This will help fight infestations that could potentially wipe out the nation’s entire coconut industry.

In addition, directly after this coconut challenge, MicroMappers will be switching gears to another deployment, dealing with the impact of Super Typhoon Hagupit/Ruby on the Philippines. This typhoon, equally as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, is currently slated to hit the shores Saturday local time. Humanitarian organizations around the world are gearing up in preparation, and there will be multitudes of ways for the digital volunteer to help out.

These two deployments are exactly what the IRL idea focuses on, so any help will directly benefit the development of our concept.

Here is a link to the MicroMappers website, where you can find more information:

http://micromappers.org/

If you are interested in volunteering, here is a direct link to the Aerial Clicker:

http://clickers.micromappers.org/app/MM_RemoteSenseClicker/

The Youtube video on the site will give you a description of how the clicker works, and you can also hit the tutorial on the top right corner at any time.

Questions/comments regarding these deployments or anything else are always welcome. Any volunteering would be deeply appreciated. Thanks!

IRL Test Phase Incoming

Hello everyone! We haven’t had an update since late November, but this post is here to let you know that we’re still slowly but steadily working on IRL.

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There is also some news: we may be quickly approaching our first open testing phase!

What we’re looking at is tagging aerial images taken post-disaster. More specifically we plan to partner with a group from the Philippines who has been capturing UAV images of the disaster recovery and reconstruction efforts after typhoon Haiyan. This will allow us test our plugin in a controlled environment and hopefully garner some video game developer buy-in. We hope to bring you more in the following weeks.

As always, this project is open to anyone to help and contribute. If you are interested in joining, please feel free to contact us!