[CODATA-international] CODATA Task Group Awarded GEO SDG Award

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Nov 4 11:54:00 EST 2020

*The CODATA TG on FAIR Data for Disaster Risk Research and Tonkin+Taylor
have been awarded the GEO SDG Testimonial Award for work on Rapid Damage
Mapping response in support of #SDG11 as part of **GEO Week 2020*

Tonkin + Taylor (T+T) is New Zealand’s leading environmental and
engineering consultancy. T+T focuses on people, communities, cities
and human settlements and creating sustainable future-proof infrastructure
– while maintaining a care for the environment.

Through the collaborations and partnerships enabled by the the CODATA Task
Group on FAIR Data for Disaster Risk Research, T+T has partnered with
ChinaGEO CDDR, RADI, and IRDR to provide Rapid Damage Mapping (RDM) work in
the Asia-Pacific region since 2016. Using LIDAR, satellite images, and
other Earth observational data, RDM provides factual spatial information and
is fundamental in aiding an efficient, effective disaster response and
recovery. This information helps determine the most critical infrastructure
to rebuild, ensuring that cities are safer and more resilient after

RDM has significant social, economic and environmental benefits. It saves
lives by sending aid where it is most needed, saves money by
reducing unnecessary aid response in less severe areas, and protects the
environment by identifying and putting plans in place to fix any
environmental threats.In relation to SDGs, RDM and disaster response helps
with #1 (no poverty), #2 (zero hunger), #3 (good health and well-being), #6
(clean water and sanitation), and #7 (affordable and clean energy) by
providing aid where it is most needed, ensuring that all people and
communities affected by a disaster gain access to food, healthcare, water,
and other important utilities as soon as possible.


Rapid damage mapping for tropical cyclone Winston, Fiji (Source: T+TI, 2017)

*Speech Given to the Virtual Awards Ceremony*
*This speech was given on behalf of Bapon Fakhruddin and the Task Group to
the Virtual Awards Ceremony, by Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director.*

*Watch here: https://youtu.be/3NzdnMfqkKA <https://youtu.be/3NzdnMfqkKA>*

Firstly, thank you to GEO for organising the GEO SDG 2020 Award ceremony
during these uncertain times, and also I’d like to give recognition to the
other award nominees as well.

The Rapid Damage Mapping tool is developed by Tonkin + Taylor International
based in New Zealand. It gathers integrated initial damage mapping
information within the first 24 to 72 hrs of a disaster.

In the wake of disaster, National Disaster Management Authorites/AID
agencies require support within the first 24-72 hrs to integrate global,
regional, national and local data to understand the extent of damage. The
RDM tool has been of great use, with more than 7 RDM instances supported by
the Task Group to the NDMO/Red Cross/UNOCHA within 24hrs to 48hrs
time period to take immediate response in Asia and the Pacific.

Rapid Damage Mapping was applied in countries like New Zealand, Fiji,
Indonesia and Mozambique. The Kaikoura Earthquake in New Zealand, Tropial
Cyclone Winston in Fiji, Cyclone Gita in Tonga and Tropical Cyclones Idai
and Kenneth in Mozambique has demonstrated enormous benefits in saving
lives and efficient disaster response and provided significant lessons.

The interactive maps, geocoded photos and damage reports allowed
government, engineers, scientists and other first responders to effectively
triage their efforts specifically in Fiji and New Zealand. For example, our
efforts provided valuable insight for first responders and NDMO able to
identified remote islands damage situations to provide rapid responses in
Fiji right after Cyclone Winston. In New Zealand, the rapid damage mapping
provided into key vulnerabilities that evolved after the Kaikoura
earthquake, and helped to identify more than 10,000 landslips which helped
to develop strategies on disaster responses. For Palu earthquake and
tsunami in Indonesia, we able to assist to provide quick estimation of
affected people under earthquake, tsunami and liquefaction damage.

This has been a collaborative effort and I’d like to thank:

   - The Task Group of FAIR data for Disaster Risk Research of CODATA who
   helped lead the process
   - China-GEO, RADI and other organizations (e.g. DFAT Australia, MFAT New
   Zealand) for their support in integrating pre-existing set of satellite
   images, P3 Arial photographs and AI for bringing the full, mind-numbing
   extent of the hazard effects map into an effective response.

This system is a great resource for operational decision-making and rapid
response activities.  The CODATA TG FAIR Data for DRR is continuously
supporting such efforts in partnership with UNDRR, IRDR and
other organizations.



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