Cyberjuan’s Diary | What can I map to help mitigate climate change?

By neub9
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Image by kai Stachowiak. License: CC0 Public Domain
Image by kai Stachowiak. License: CC0 Public Domain

Recently, Bogotá was impacted by devastating forest fires, sparking increased awareness of environmental issues. At a mappers meeting, the conversation turned to how we can use mapping to address urban problems exacerbated by climate change.

We realized the need to make it easier for people to contribute to climate change mitigation through mapping. As a result, below are the mapping topics discussed at the meeting, along with some additional suggestions from other mappers.

Trees. Mapping trees is crucial as they contribute to the environment in many ways, from oxygen production to landslide prevention. This tree mapping guide on the wiki can be consulted for guidance.

Water sources. Mapping water bodies and courses, as well as urban water fountains, is essential for promoting access to clean water and addressing water scarcity. Here are the labels and additional instructions for water mapping in OSM.

Solid waste. Mapping garbage containers and instances of contamination can help address waste management issues. The OpenLitterMap application can be used to georeference garbage photos on an OSM-based map.

Noise pollution. Mapping noise sensors and barriers can help address excessive noise levels in urban areas. Tools like Umap can be used to map noise pollution and generate noise maps.

Gardens. In addition to mapping parks and green areas, mapping gardens can contribute to the beautification of cities and provide spaces for relaxation and stress reduction. Here are the instructions for mapping gardens with precision.

Coastline. Mapping coastal areas at risk of disappearing due to climate change can help monitor and address the impact of rising sea levels. Detailed mapping and monitoring of water levels and floods are crucial in addressing these issues.

This post welcomes suggestions and corrections, so please feel free to contribute to the topic in the comments.

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