The previous Map-a-thon focused on bushfire recovery; this Map-a-thon focuses on bushfire preparedness. During bushfires, firefighters often have difficulty sourcing water. In some regional locations mains water may not be accessible to fight a major bushfire. Static water supplies, such as swimming pools, tanks and dams, are vital sources of water for firefighters. This map-a-thon seeks to map swimming pools, tanks and dams to update Australia’s Static Water Supply System.
The focus area for this Map-a-thon is Kangaroo Island and regional Victoria.
NGIS Australia will be setting up the project sites and will put all the systems in place to make sure the map-a-thon runs as smoothly as before. Nearmap will generously supply high resolution aerial imagery where available. As mentioned previously, the OpenStreetMap (OSM) Platform and Hot Tasker Manager will be used to coordinate the mapping effort.
No matter where you are in the world, you can participate in the SSSI FireWater Map-a-thon. We encourage all participants to register here so you are kept up to date on news, important information such as the training manual and links to the project sites (which will be sent to participants a day prior to the Map-a-thon).
The Map-a-thon will commence at 10am AEDT and will run for 24 hours, to take in to account all time zones. Participate for as long as you like during the 24hrs – there are no time restrictions.