Edinburgh 2016

HazMap_CA Kick off workshop University of Edinburgh, 7-8th December 2016

The objectives of this first meeting were to introduce the aims in the Central American context, introduce research breadth of the network, and establish multidisciplinary interest groups focused around research topics. Research questions were scoped, links to development needs were identified and various methodological approaches were discussed. This was largely aimed at UK participants.

Summary of workshop presentations

Day 1 - Presentations

Eliza Calder – School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.
“Project Introduction – Volcanic hazard maps and how they can be used and misused”

A reminder of the main themes of funded project and GCRF objectives and an introduction to what the volcanology community is doing with hazard maps.


John McClosky/Ian Main – School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.
“Seismic Hazards and maps.”

An introduction to seismic hazard maps.


Nick Williams, MAPAction  - “Overview of the Map Action operations and types of mapping produced in support of UN Disaster relief activities”.

Brief description of the work of and the importance of crisis mapping.


Barry Turner – Institute of Academic Development, University of Edinburgh –

Undertaking Interdisciplinary research.


Neil Stuart – School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.
Participatory mapping of risk – examples from Belice, Chile and Mexico

The role of two-way mapping and evolving map technologies.

Day 2 - Presentations

Danielle Charlton – UCL Hazard Center, UCL – Making Maps that Matter

What can volcanology learn from other disciplines?


Maureen Fordham – Dept of Geography, Durham University - Gender, youth and community inclusive mapping with Plan El Salvador

In making maps that work for communities, the engagement process is sometimes more important than the map product.


Lisa Mackenzie and Catherine Ward Thompson – College of Art, University of Edinburgh. Participatory Mapping:  Co-authoring, Communicating and Translating place responsive readings of Landscape

Maps are an abstraction of reading the landscape. There are also other ways to read, represent and communicate the landscape, and images convey the importance of different aspects of landscapes. Volcanoes often have prominent topographic profiles and so this can be used to speak to the population.


Alastair Wilkie  - Illustration of Map Action in country mission and maps produced.

MapAction is more involved with the top-down end producing 2D GIS maps for authorities in region.


Alastair Langmuir – Demonstration of Open Street Map as a potential source of base mapping for interactive hazard maps

Open Street Map is a participatory mapping project that the public can contribute to maps online using aerial imagery.

William Mackaness – Participatory GIS – who benefits?

Participatory GIS, with people involved in creating the map, can benefit or disbenefit vulnerable communities.


Jason Dykes – City University – Infographics and visualisation 

Data can be displayed statically or interactively and adding a narrative to data makes it more interesting to the audience. Interactive maps with a narrative to tell a story represents data in a visual way.

Discussion and final outcomes

In the final session, the workshop was divided into four groups, these were asked to discuss how to (1) combine all the relevant information from their fields, (2) the main ideas, (3) suggestions going forward and (4) suggestions for the Guatemala workshop.

Full Schedule

Outcomes of the workshop and project

Workshop group photo day 1
Interdisciplinary discussions on day 1
Danielle Charlton presenting on how other hazard maps could guide volcanic hazard maps

Images: Alistair Langmuir