Arlene Ducao, Henry Holtzman, Ilias Koen, Juhee Bae, Barry Beagen
When an environmental crisis strikes, the most important element to saving lives is information. Information regarding water depths, spread of oil, fault lines, burn scars, and elevation are all crucial in the face of disaster. Much of this information is publicly available as infrared satellite data. However, with today’s technology, this data is difficult to obtain, and even more difficult to interpret. Open Infrared, or OpenIR, is an ICT (information communication technology) offering geo-located infrared satellite data as on-demand map layers and translating the data so that anyone can understand it easily. OpenIR will be pilot tested in Indonesia, where ecological and economic vulnerability is apparent from frequent seismic activity and limited supporting infrastructure. The OpenIR team will explore how increased accessibility to environmental information can help infrastructure-challenged regions to deal with environmental crises of many kinds.