From Noah Ahles at the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab
Imagery of Kathmandu, Nepal provided by Bing
The last week in October was exceptionally busy for members of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team at UVM. On October 25th the Spatial Analysis Lab hosted a mapathon to create detailed digital maps in Nepal in response to a massive landslide that blocked the Kali Gandaki River. Coincidentally, hurricane Patricia had just hit Mexico’s western coast and we were able to delegate a team of volunteers from Tri Delta to work in Puerto Vallarta. Thankfully, Mexico was well prepared and there was a minimal loss of life, although there was severe damage to infrastructure as a result of flooding and winds. Despite breaking records for highest sustained wind speeds globally and barometric pressure in the Western Hemisphere, Patricia quickly dissipated once it made landfall after hitting a steep gradient of elevation into a mountainous region.