GEOG 858
Spatial Data Science for Emergency Management

Lesson 8 Group Haiti Earthquake Analysis


This week, I would like you to work together to research key phases of emergency management, and the use of geospatial analysis to support them for the 2021 Haiti Earthquake. Each group will be assigned to evaluate one or two phases of Emergency Management:

Group 1 - TBD - Topic: Preparedness following the 2010 Earthquake (focus on period from 2016 to 2021)

Group 2 - TBD - Topic: Response / Relief in the immediate aftermath of 2021 Earthquake 

Topics not covered this term:

Group # - TBD - Topic: Recovery between 2010 and 2021 Earthquakes 

Group # - TBD - Topic: Mitigation/Preparedness for next major earthquake

    Assignment Guidelines and Criteria

    You will be researching the 2021 Haiti Earthquake, which caused massive loss of life and property. Each group should create a Story Map using ArcGIS Online for their phase of emergency management according to the following criteria:

    • One Section describing generally what happened to people and infrastructure.
    • One Section identifying the key stakeholders and their needs.

    • 2-3 Sections about how geospatial was used during this phase. At a minimum, answer the following questions. !hat worked and what did not work? Did geospatially-oriented social media play a role? If so, how?

    • Include at least three pictures and/or videos (more = better) and link when appropriate to external sources that back up what you are reporting.

    • Together, I'd like you to create at least one analytical product using one or more of the datasets I've linked to here (or others you find on your own).

    This analytical product should include a map and supporting graphics/text such that it can stand on its own if it were distributed widely. It's up to your group what you would like to highlight - there are dozens of datasets out there now and a wide range of possible stories you might try to tell using them. Creativity is encouraged!


    Since you are working in small groups, collaboration should be fairly straightforward, I suggest the following - 

    • Get organized - Review the assignment requirements and decide on what you are going to do. Come up with a division of labour e.g., someone might collect content, someone might develop the maps and someone might assemble the Story Map. Make a plan and stick with it, and keep in mind you don't have a lot of time. 
    • OneDrive and Office 365 Apps - Create a folder in OneDrive and share it with your group. Collect any images or other resources needed for your Story Map. Consider using PowerPoint to create a 'storyboard' to layout your content before moving it to ArcGIS Online.
    • ArcGIS Online and Story Maps - Create a group and invite your classmates. You should be able to enable simultaneous editing of the StoryMap. Note that web maps / apps you create can be embedded in Story Maps along with a wide range of other content.  
    • Ask for help - Get in touch with the instructor if you are having any problems. 


    For this week's exercise, please submit the following items to the Lesson 8 Group Haiti Earthquake Analysis Dropbox in Canvas. See our Course Calendar in Canvas for specific due dates.

    • Link to the Esri Story Map. Please include the topic number in the naming convention.

    Grading Criteria

    I'll assign grades by group. It is worth 4% of your total course grade and will be graded out of 20 points using the following rubric.

    Criteria Description of Criteria Possible Points
    Content and Impact Your group makes strong and logical arguments and provides analytical insights. Ideas are well organized, clearly communicated and relevant. All criteria are accurately addressed. Supporting details are shared, elaborated upon and demonstrate understanding. Examples are provided, and your StoryMap includes geospatial products, images or other multimedia that support content. 14
    Clarity and Mechanics Your StoryMap shows evidence of editing and careful proofreading. Writing is engaging and well-structured with excellent transitions between sections and visual content. Concepts are integrated in an original manner. 4
    Team member evaluation Confidential comments are provided on your experience working in your assigned group. 2
    Total Points - 20