Open Mapping Data Site Now Available: ***All publicly available data from our research fieldwork is now available on our Hopkins Village Open Mapping Data Site at: http://hopkinsvillage-ucfonline.opendata.arcgis.com/.

Summer 2017 Research Results from “Empowerment and Solutions through Mapping: Community Perceptions of Flooding,
Climate Change, and Natural Disaster Management in Hopkins, Belize”

The Citizen Science GIS team, in collaboration with the Village Council of Hopkins, Hopkins Uncut, the University of Central Florida, Georgia State University, the University of Belize, The Smithsonian Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program, and funded by the National Science Foundation, conducted fieldwork on flooding and disaster management in Hopkins, Belize throughout the summer of 2017. The main goals of our project were to create a comprehensive set of flooding and disaster management data relevant to Hopkins and determine who the most susceptible populations are in Hopkins in terms of flooding. As community members are the most knowledgeable about the events that are transpiring in their own community, we found it prudent to base our work around community involvement and input.

Read the 2017 Flooding Community Report Here.

Summer 2016 Research Results for Inspiring Change: Baseline Data Collection for Flooding and Disaster Management in Hopkins, Belize

In collaboration with the Village Council of Hopkins, the University of Central Florida, Georgia State University, the University of Belize, The Smithsonian Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program, and the Pan American Development Foundation, and funded by the National Science Foundation, our Citizen Science GIS team conducted fieldwork on flooding and disaster management in Hopkins, Belize over the summer of 2016.  The goal was to work with the community of Hopkins and to base the work around the valuable input we received from community members in identifying main issues and solutions.

Final Community Report: You can read the final 8 page report to the community for the Summer 2016 research in the following documents (click on the link to read the report):

Flooding Community Report 2016 (PDF Format)

Flooding Community Report 2016 (Word Format)

Citizen Science GIS team members collect structure and road data in Hopkins, Belize.

Citizen Science GIS team members collect structure and road data in Hopkins, Belize.

Key Findings:

Community members reported the following:

  • Transportation becomes a huge problem, as heavy flooding makes it very difficult for community members to get around the village or to and from work.
  • It becomes hard for necessities like food and water to be transported into the village, since the main road into Hopkins floods.
  • There is a large issue with standing bodies of water. Standing pools offers mosquitoes and other insects places to breed, which can cause the spread of disease.

Final Flooding Research Presentation:

If the above has kept you scrolling down our page, then you will absolutely love our Final Prezi of the flood team’s research (click on the slide below to view the full Prezi presentation).

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