Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Role of GIS in Combatting Climate Change

Engang frygtede vi en altødelæggende atomkrig ... den kolde krig sluttede ... og den globale opvarmning blev indiskutabel ... Idag frygter vi ikke de ødelæggelser vi kan påføre os selv direkte, men istedet frygter vi konsekvenserne af de ødelæggelser vi allerede har lavet ...

We once feared nuclear holocaust ... then the cold war ended ... and the effects og global warming became clear to everybody ... Today we no longer fear the destruction made directly from man - today we fear the consequenses due to man ...


Today is Blog Action Day 09, with a focus on Climate Change. More than 7,000 bloggers are addressing this topic in their posts, and it provides a fitting opportunity to discuss the role of geospatial technologies in addressing the profound global change that has far-ranging impacts on all life on our planet. [...]

GIS and geospatial technologies provide the means to measure and monitor this change in common data repositories in order to compare and overlay the knowledge from different disciplines to make sense of the full scope and impact of this change. Geospatial tools allow individuals working in different locations to aggregate cross-disciplinary information about individual locations, that then spool up to knowledge about regions, countries, continents and the globe. The geospatial framework allows individual scientists to pool their knowledge and come to consensus about how this change is effecting the ability of our planet to support life in the face of this change. [...]

Climate change poses a far greater threat to human civilization than individual conflicts, local natural disasters or economic crises. The impacts of this global change provides a reminder of the fragility of life on our planet, and should provide a rallying cry for collaboration and coordinated efforts. The geospatial toolset is a mature information technology that needs significant investment in order to scale more broadly to collect all that we now know in order that we may know more about what impacts are coming. [...]

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