HU teams with community to map Tanzania

High school students, community members and Harrisburg University of Science and Technology students will be helping Tanzania update their maps!

It is part of an event known as  a Humanitarian Mapping Event,  hosted annually at Harrisburg University.  This is a free event and open to the public.  Generally speaking, volunteers help map regions of the world where publicly available maps do not exist or require updates. Why does this matter?   It seems that no matter where you look there is a new natural disaster cropping up around the world.  A significant asset to responding to and preparing for these disasters are accurate and up to date maps.

This year we will be mapping buildings missing from the current maps of Tanzania. Villages that were thought to have had minimal population based on old maps could be dramatically different when mapped from recent satellite imagery. In times of natural disasters and epidemics updated building information is vital to help plan for and direct emergency response workers.

The event will take place at HU in Room1302  from 4 p.m. to 7p.m. on Friday November 9th.     This is open to the community. No experience is necessary, we can get you up and mapping in 10-15 minutes.  Folks who want to attend should please register using this Link.

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