I remember the first day I ever held a drone! I remember it vividly because it was the first day I went back out to work, after giving birth to my second child, some 7 years ago. This day was filled with so much promise and excitement. I still feel like a kid in a… Continue reading Getting Comfy in the Drone Zone
My journey with Ecosystem Accounting began in 2018, when a National Ecosystem Assessment was done for Montserrat. It highlighted the need for accurate spatial data in order to understand the total economic value of the Montserrat environment. The work that was done by Environment Systems focused on Earth Observation (EO) based Mapping and Interpretation, which… Continue reading Attending the 1st Ecosystem Accounting Conference in the Caribbean
In collaboration with the Montserrat National Trust and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), LRR Geospatial Consultancy provided a 2-day basic introductory course on QGIS, GPS and Drone Mapping to 19 participants from diverse backgrounds to include persons working in the field of agriculture, biodiversity conservation, environmental protection and land surveying. On Day 1, the… Continue reading Training Workshop: A Basic Introduction to QGIS, GPS and Drone Mapping
"Alert Check: Volcanic Eruption St Vincent and the Grenadines, please sign up your availability". Those were the words which greeted me as I checked my MapAction email. Simple words, but so profound for me. Those words really hit hard, and hit home! I could not ignore that call for action. I signed up for remote… Continue reading Responding to the Volcanic Eruption in St. Vincent and the Grenadines by Volunteering for Remote Deployment.
My colleague turned his phone to me and said, "Have you seen this?" Thinking that it was just another funny video created by one of the many internet users who are currently in lock-down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I braced myself. This time however, it was no joke! On August 4th, 2020, a warehouse… Continue reading Assessing and Responding to the Beirut Blast through the Use of Imagery and Mapping Techniques
July 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the eruption of the Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat and presents an opportune moment for reflection. I was only 13 years old at the time, but I do remember the chaos surrounding these events. It was a very uncertain time for those of us living in Montserrat. At… Continue reading My career in GIS was subconsciously influenced 25 years ago by the eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano
This week's focus has been on the World's Oceans. World Oceans Day is held every year on 8th June to raise awareness of the vital importance of our oceans and the role they play in sustaining a healthy planet. With that in mind, in order to understand what lies beneath our oceans, hydrographic surveying is usually… Continue reading Hydrographic Surveying: Mapping the Ocean Floor
My youngest daughter, who insists that she is no longer a baby, made up her very own song about COVID-19. It is shared below for your listening pleasure. Even the youngest among us are aware of COVID-19. That to me signifies the impact that has had on life as we knew it. The Covid-19 Song… Continue reading Feeling the COVID-19 travel blues? Dispel it by mapping your favorite locations around the world.
On Tuesday March 17, 2020 with a cancelled celebration of St. Patrick's Day, Montserrat received the dreaded news of its first confirmed case of novel coronavirus COVID-19. For many of us that is when the gravity of this situation hit home, literally! The Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), in their press release (http://www.gov.ms/first-case-of-new-coronavirus-covid-19-confirmed-in-montserrat/),… Continue reading COVID-19: Using Geospatial Resources to Understand the Potential Impact on Our Communities.
The first fully electric car was unveiled in Montserrat on August 16, 2019. A truly historical moment which has been captured and shared on this youtube link by Montserrat's Government Information Unit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjENIlHGWBI&feature=share. At the unveiling ceremony, a number of discussions surrounded the length of time that a fully charged battery would last and whether… Continue reading How GIS is being used to help alleviate “range anxiety” in the use of Electric Vehicles (EVs)