GEOG 858
Spatial Data Science for Emergency Management

Overview & Checklist


MapAction started work immediately after the earthquake to develop geospatial products to aid in response and recovery efforts. See the 2012 Haiti Earthquake StoryMap for details.
Credit: MapAction

Case Study Collaborative Project

This week, we will tackle our second collaborative project. This collaborative assignment is designed to pull together what you have learned so far in this class and apply it toward researching and critiquing the use of geospatial approaches and technology in a recent disaster. You will work in teams to gather and condense information to explain and critique how GIS was used in a real crisis situation - the 2021 Haiti Earthquake.

What You Will Learn

By the successful completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • research and discuss how geospatial approaches can be applied in a real crisis;
  • create a Story Map that summarizes what happened and what can be learned from a real crisis;
  • critique the use of geospatial approaches and technologies in a crisis situation;
  • identify leverage points for the use of geospatial for similar situations in the future;
  • describe and discuss the use of geospatial artificial intelligence (geoAI) and its potential impact on geospatial systems for emergency management.

What You Will Do

Lesson 8 is one week in length. To finish this lesson, you must complete the activities listed below.

Lesson 8 Checklist
To Read
  • Lesson Content on the 202 Haiti Earthquake
  • Emerging Theme Reading on geoAI - Optional
To Do
  • Case Study Collaboration
  • Emerging Technology Discussion
  • Review feedback on the first draft of your project and begin work on the final draft.

Please refer to the Course Calendar for specific due dates.


If you have questions about the content or lesson activities, please post them to the General Questions and Discussion forum in Canvas. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate. If your question is of a personal nature, please email me directly through Canvas.