We’ve prepared an exciting GIS-Day experience for you this year.
Are you ready to take on the challenge in 2022?
Your solution might be what saves the World against #ClimateChange.
Our world is rapidly changing every minute and every second. The world is not as it used to be centuries ago. These are the effects of CLIMATE CHANGE, a pandemic we all face in this modern day.
According to the United Nations, Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, but since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver of climate change, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels (like coal, oil and gas), which produces heat-trapping gases.
What Challenges has the World Been Facing?
Nearly all land areas are seeing more hot days and heat waves; 2020 was one of the hottest years on record. Higher temperatures increase heat-related illnesses and can make it more difficult to work and move around. Wildfires start more easily and spread more rapidly when conditions are hotter.
Changes in temperature cause changes in rainfall. This results in more severe and frequent storms. They cause flooding and landslides, destroying homes and communities, and costing billions of pounds.
Water is becoming scarcer in more regions. Droughts can stir destructive sand and dust storms that can move billions of tons of sand across continents. Deserts are expanding, reducing land for growing food. Many people now face the threat of not having enough water on a regular basis.
The ocean soaks up most of the heat from global warming. This melts ice sheets and raises sea levels, threatening coastal and island communities. The ocean also absorbs carbon dioxide, keeping it from the atmosphere. More carbon dioxide makes the ocean more acidic, which endangers marine life.
Climate change poses risks to the survival of species on land and in the ocean. These risks increase as temperatures climb. Forest fires, extreme weather and invasive pests and diseases are among many threats. Some species will be able to relocate and survive, but others will not.
Changes in climate and increases in extreme weather events are among the reasons behind a global rise in hunger and poor nutrition. Fisheries crops, and livestock may be destroyed or become less productive. Heat stress can diminish water and grasslands for grazing.
Changing weather patterns are expanding diseases such as malaria. Extreme weather events increase disease and death, and make it difficult for health care systems to keep up. Other risks to health include increased hunger and poor nutrition in places where people cannot grow or find sufficient food.
Climate change increases the factors that put and keep people in poverty. Floods may sweep away urban slums, destroying homes and livelihoods. Heat can make it difficult to work in outdoor jobs. Weather-related disasters displace 23 million people a year, leaving many more vulnerable to poverty.
Can you create maps that speak directly on issues related to climate change?
Developing and Creating Web or Mobile Apps that address a climate issue in a certain community
Case studies, documentation or written work that addresses, analyses and proposes solutions for climate action.
Have you identified a problem and come up with a solution to the problem? Can it generate profit or maybe have an impact and change the world?
Craft a story that speaks to climate change. There is no limit to the criteria. Select any topic of your choosing as long as it relates to Climate Change.
Participation, Eligibility & Criteria
For registering your interest to participate in this competition, you will receive a free one-year Premium subscription to StoryMaps, a powerful personal storytelling tool. More details will be shared via Email.
The deadline for the submission of applications of interested participants. Applicants are notified of further information to follow and how to submit their materials.
Submissions should have been made on or before this date. The vetting process will begin after the deadline passes.
Winners will be announced on our social media platforms, email and website.
On GIS Day, the winners will deliver a brief 5-minute presentation of their submitted material to the audience and this will be followed by awarding of awards.
Please Note: This will be a virtual event.
Entries can be submitted via a link that will be provided soon after the application phase is closed. All communications will be conducted via Email to all the applicants.
Depending on your selected participation track, submissions can be made in Document Format, Image format, Links to Mobile and Web-Applications, Illustrative Videos and any other formats suitable for submission. Please make sure all links are publicly accessible and can be viewed by anyone on the web
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