Markus Enenkel visited the operational centre of MSF in Barcelona (the “OCBA”) on Monday, 23 March, to prepare for the upcoming field tests in the Central African Republic. In particular the smartphone app, the related questions for all user levels (community health worker, medical team leader and field coordinator), as well as issues related to security were discussed.
While outernet will help us to distribute updates about current and future drought risk we’ll test solar panels from an Austrian start -up named sunnybag (http://www.sunnybag.at/) to charge the smart phones. Ideally, one panel charges a phone in 2 hours.
Today the humanitarian Congress takes place at the university of Vienna (http://humanitaerer-kongress.at/)
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The SATIDA field tests will start on April 10, 2015 in the Central African Republic (Kabo region).
It will be supported by Doctors without Borders Spain (Operational Centre) and Austria.
If you are interested in a detailed description of the datasets we use, in this case precipitation, please check out these two publications. Both are open access.
We are currently discussing the next steps with team team of the global broadcast data startup OUTERNET.
This will give us the unique chance to transmit all kinds of relevant information to the most remote place.
The Midterm Meeting will take place at Vienna University of Technology on Thursday, November 13, 2014.
Markus Enenkel recently attended the International Symposium on Weather and Climate Extremes, Food Security and Biodiversity at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA (http://www.iscefs.org/).
In order to harmonize SATIDA with currently ongoing international activities in the domains of drought and food security management, the conference was followed by meetings with
– GEOGLAM (Global Agricultural Monitoring) group at the University of Maryland
– the World Bank.
Please have a look at or first publication “Drought and food security – Improving decision-support via new technologies and innovative collaboration”. I is published under the open access license and can be read/downloaded here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211912414000339
The study was supported by:
– Vienna University of Technology, Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation
– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Ecosystems Services and Management Group
– World Food Programme, Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping Unit
– Department of Geography and Earth Science, University of Nebraska – Kearney
– Princeton University, Terrestrial Hydrology Research Group, USA
– Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
– International Food Policy Research Institute, Environment and Production Technology
– European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
– United States Department of Agriculture, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service