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Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 2, 36, 2019
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Proc. Int. Cartogr. Assoc., 2, 36, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/ica-proc-2-36-2019
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  10 Jul 2019

10 Jul 2019

Anticipating the Flood. Community-based cartography for disaster flood events in Argentina

Ignacio Agustin Gatti1,5, Federico Ariel Robledo2,3,4, Sol Hurtado2,9, Julieta Canneva2,9, Diego Moreira2,3,4, Mariano Re6,7, Elodie Briche8, Magdalena Falco2,3,4, Leandro David Kazimierski6,7, and Ana Paula Micou10 Ignacio Agustin Gatti et al.
  • 1Department of Natural Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 2Department of Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences, School of Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 3Institut French-Argentine about Climate Studies and their Impacts, School of Natural Sciences, University of Buenos Aires & Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  • 4Research Center of the Sea and Atmosphere, Council of Technical and Scientific Research, Secretary of Government of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina
  • 5Natural Resources Research Program, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 6National Water Institute, Argentina
  • 7Department of Hydraulic, Faculty of Engineering, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 8TEC CONSEIL, France
  • 9Research Group about South American Economic Development, High Social Studies Institute, University of San Martín, Argentina
  • 10National Geographic Institute, Argentina

Keywords: community-based maps, flood risk, workshops

Abstract. “Anticipando la Crecida” Project (Anticipating the Flood) is an interdisciplinary project which deals with flood risk management strategies associated with intense rain events and southeasterly wind « sudestadas » in socio-economical vulnerable urban areas in Argentina. The objective of the current study is to use local knowledge through participatory activities to strengthen the phase of risk awareness of an early warning system by using cartography as a work tool. For this purpose, eleven workshops with adults and children were held between 2014 and 2017 in Buenos Aires metropolitan area and the towns of San Antonio de Areco and Santa Lucía.

By helping communities articulate and communicate spatial knowledge through workshops, enable the possibility to advocate for a change. That change result in a new direction on how the community and stakeholders can act towards a flood event. Analysing community-based maps of 85 adults, flood theoretical models can be evaluated and perhaps improved. Additionally, overall 287 students between 10 and 17 years old learned about cartography and interacted with poster maps during the workshops held in different schools.

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