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Identifying Users’ Requirements for Emergency Mapping Team Operations in Small Island Developing States: Caribbean Perspective

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Public Governance Institute (PGI), KU Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
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Departamento de Tecnología de la Información y Comunicación, Servicio Geológico Nacional de la República Dominicana (SGN), Santo Domingo 10148, Dominican Republic
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Escuela de Agrimensura, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU), Santo Domingo 10602, Dominican Republic
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Department of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Land Surveying, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), San Juan 00918, Puerto Rico
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Academic Editors: Biswajeet Pradhan and Wolfgang Kainz
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10(5), 307; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10050307
Received: 24 February 2021 / Revised: 9 April 2021 / Accepted: 1 May 2021 / Published: 6 May 2021
Small Island Developing States (SIDS) increasingly face natural hazards that overwhelm their capacity to generate and share spatial-information to reduce human–economic losses. Under such circumstances, the emergency mapping team (EMT) enables a common operational picture of the impacted communities. This paper aims to identify user requirements for EMT operations in the Caribbean and, based on those findings, improve the level of preparedness to deliver information-services that contribute to disaster risk management in the region. The results are built upon a case-study and a survey targeted for technical personnel responsible for emergency mapping in three Caribbean states: the Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia and Sint Maarten. Our findings revealed five user requirements for EMT operations: institutional arrangements, implementation of a Cloud-based spatial data infrastructure, linking community stakeholders, partnerships and capacity building. This study provides the foundation for future EMT developments in the Caribbean region and in others SIDS with similar settings in the world. View Full-Text
Keywords: emergency mapping team; users’ requirements; disaster risk management; geospatial information management; small island developing states emergency mapping team; users’ requirements; disaster risk management; geospatial information management; small island developing states
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Rosario Michel, G.; Manzano Aybar, F.; Neris Guzmán, L.; Villalta Calderón, C.; Durán, T.J.; Crompvoets, J. Identifying Users’ Requirements for Emergency Mapping Team Operations in Small Island Developing States: Caribbean Perspective. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2021, 10, 307. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10050307

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Rosario Michel G, Manzano Aybar F, Neris Guzmán L, Villalta Calderón C, Durán TJ, Crompvoets J. Identifying Users’ Requirements for Emergency Mapping Team Operations in Small Island Developing States: Caribbean Perspective. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2021; 10(5):307. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10050307

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Rosario Michel, Gregorio, Fernando Manzano Aybar, Leris Neris Guzmán, Christian Villalta Calderón, Teodoro J. Durán, and Joep Crompvoets. 2021. "Identifying Users’ Requirements for Emergency Mapping Team Operations in Small Island Developing States: Caribbean Perspective" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 10, no. 5: 307. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi10050307

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