We have been notified of this implementation of gvSIG applications to processes oriented to emergency management, so we spread it thinking that it can be useful for many.
The Province of Mendoza of the Argentine Republic, is a territory vulnerable by its geographic condition and periodically is affected by different natural phenomena: alluviums, rains, wind, hail, earthquakes, volcanoes, forest fires and also runs anthropic risks: distilleries, , etc.
Similarly, other countries in the world suffer from other vulnerabilities such as tornadoes, floods, tsunamis or other phenomena that cause harm to people and their property.
Natural phenomena become disasters after the event. These can be minimized with current contingency plans.
Throughout the world, Human Development must minimize risks for its inhabitants, its assets and investments. The Countries collaborate with each other with different types of media, when one suffers the consequences of an event of this type.
The National University of Cuyo (UNCUYO), in conjunction with the International Earth Science Center (ICES), develops and implements the Satellite Management Emergency Management Plan (GEMAS), aimed at using the latest technologies to reduce RISKS NATURAL AND ANTHROPIC, acting in the pre-emergence, emergency and post-emergency stages.
It brings together in this project the scientific and technological actions that make this subject, of which some are mentioned:
- The National Commission of Space Activities of the Argentine Republic implements the use of SIASGE images (Italo-Argentine System of Emergency Management Satellites), to be used in the event of an event. (Three satellites in orbit of 6)
- The Mendocine companies of technology and services are grouped in the Institute of Industrial, Technological and Service Development (IDITS), which has signed an agreement with ICES, in order that the Industrial sector is part of this Plan, and Either to reduce their vulnerabilities before an emergency, to be assisted or to collaborate in case of Emergencies.
- Studies of cortical deformation with satellite image technology and GPS bases.
- Agreement with the Ministry of Human Development and the Directorate of Cooperatives. In Mendoza cooperative entities distribute water; Electricity and food. These services are seriously affected after an event and produce more victims than the event itself.
The Province must have these entities in cases of disasters.
All of these resources must be mapped and dumped into a single system.
GEMAS uses as a cartographic base a geographic information system (GIS) of free software that is gvSIG.
The gvSIG Association has successfully disseminated its program, which today is widely used in the world and the user community, contributes to the program different developments on it that have made it grow and improve the use of gvSIG.
UNCUYO and ICES bet on the use of these free-use programs as part of their educational function and, gvSIG has chosen, both for its potential as well as for language and cultural issues.
The international collaboration of countries to those who suffered some catastrophe could be more effective if the DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT AND ITS PROTOCOLS OF ACTION WERE THE SAME.
We believe that gvSIG can be the program of generalized use with international consensus in the use of it and other technologies.
To this end, UNCUYO and ICES make available to the gvSIG Association the action protocols developed up to now for the GEMAS plan.
Likewise, both institutions ask the gvSIG community to comment on the project, the protocols and state whether it is interesting for them to interact in the DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT to generate common international tools that make the actions more effective and ultimately AMONG ALL WE MAKE THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE TO LIVE.