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Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 107, 2018
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Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 1, 107, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-proc-1-107-2018
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  16 May 2018

16 May 2018

Chilean geo client application for disasters

Rodrigo F. Suárez1, Lucia Lovison2, and Martinus Potters1 Rodrigo F. Suárez et al.
  • 1Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile
  • 2Afriterra Foundation

Keywords: Chile, disaster management, mobile application, capacity building, data sharing, international initiative, cartographic applications, earth observation, geographic systems

Abstract. The global network of the Group on Earth Observation, GEO, connects all kinds of professionals from public and private institutions with data providers, sharing information to face the challenges of global changes and human development and they are creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to connect existing data infrastructures.
A GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot Project for Disasters in Chile (AIP-8) was created as part of a capacity building initiative and representatives of different national agencies in Chile, along with international experts, formed a GEOSS Capacity Building Working Group (Lovison et al, 2016).
Consistent with the objectives of GEOSS AIP-8 Chile, we developed and implemented a prototype service based on web services, mobile applications and other communication channels, which allows connecting different sources of information, aiming to reduce population vulnerability to natural disasters such as: earthquakes, flooding, wild fires and tsunamis, which is presented here.
The GEO Chile client application is a JavaScript application using GEODAB brokering services, GIS technology and disaster information provided by national and international disaster services, including public and private organizations, where cartography becomes fundamental as a tool to provide realism and ubiquity to the information. Seven hotpots are targeted: Calbuco, Copahue and Villarrica volcanoes areas, Valparaíso city, which is frequently a victim of wildfires in the zone where population meets forest and Iquique, Illapel and Talcahuano, areas frequently struck by earthquakes and tsunamis.

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