Natural Disaster Prevention in the Netherlands

Netherlands Australian cyclone

Mappt gives geospatial technology lecture at University of Twente 

Once again our dedicated Mappt Evangelist Alistair Hart took time off from his family holiday for our mobile mapping application. This time it was in the Netherlands to lecture geospatial technology students and staff at from the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the  University of Twente.

The MSc (Masters of Science) and PhD students in Urban Planning and Land Administration listened intently as Alistair shared the value and use of geospatial technology in disaster management. He presented what has worked, what hasn’t and the lessons we’ve learned along the way using case studies such as the FNQ Bushfires, Cyclone Yasi, Cyclone Ita and more recently the Nepal Earthquake.

Netherlands compared to Australia

The Netherlands compared to Australia

To make sure the audience could grasp the scale of Australia and its storms, Alistair put the Netherlands next to our country, calculating that Australia is around 217 times bigger! He then overlaid the Netherlands on an Cyclone Ita, which crossed the Queensland coast in 2014, and determined that any of the major cities in the Netherlands could fit within the large calm centre eye.

Netherlands Australian cyclone

The Netherlands in comparison to Cyclone Ita

The following image is a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) map forecasting the path of Cyclone Ita. It shows the concentric rings extending outward, indicating the anticipated extent of destructive gale force winds respectively and the area of uncertainty for the forecast cyclone path.

Netherlands cylone

A Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecast map of Cyclone Ita.

Alistair also highlighted the relevance our offline mobile mapping application Mappt has in disaster management. Mappt calculates areas and distances, gives a visual element to coordinates, lets you access your imagery offline, plus integrates with Google Drive which is perfect for sharing data in a collaborative and disaggregated environment.

Cyclone path screenshot

Geospatial technology has become increasingly important for forecasting and managing natural disasters, gathering data and understanding the scale of their impact. To find out more on how Mappt can help you or your team manage natural disasters, contact one of our helpful team members or head to the Google Play Store.

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