We are now officially launching the MicroMappers expedition to the Philippines! As noted in our earlier blog posts here and here, the purpose of this deployment is to assess the impact of Typhoon Haiyan on coconut trees (over 30 million were destroyed by the Typhoon) and thus the impact on local livelihoods. To start your digital humanitarian efforts, simply click on the link below:
Important! We may need to complete the above deployment by Saturday (instead of Sunday). This is because we will likely need to launch another MicroMappers deployment on Sunday due to the massive Category 5 Typhoon that is on a collision course with the Philippines. Super Typhoon Hagupit, also referred to as Super Typhoon Ruby, may be as powerful as Typhoon Haiyan which destroyed those 30+million trees. The deployment in response to Typhoon Ruby will likely be similar to the one we did last year after Typhoon Haiyan, which you can learn more about here.
We are directly in touch with the United Nations in the Philippines and will keep you posted via the MicroMappers email list-serve on our response to Typhoon Ruby.
Thanks for your help in supporting these important disaster relief efforts!
Your MicroMappers Team,
Patrick, Ji, Jus, Peter, Heather