Cartographer takes Kobe to school

Admittedly the title for this post would make for a great story, but unfortunately it’s only fantasy for now. Skill and talent may still have a large part to play in basketball, but Kirk Goldsberry thinks there’s more to it and that thinking like a cartographer (i.e. you know, those guys that makes maps) might … Continue reading Cartographer takes Kobe to school

Stop calling these events ‘natural’ disasters…

In the first week of November 2013, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones every recorded made it’s way through Southeast Asia. Typhoon Haiyan, known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, left a trail of destruction which galvanized international humanitarian support and media attention. There was a lot of interest in how many people were … Continue reading Stop calling these events ‘natural’ disasters…

ECHO-funded UNISDR Media Trainings on Disaster Risk Reduction: 2010-2011

Conceptualized and designed this infographic to highlight one of UNISDR’s key activities with the media between 2010-2011. Given the global scope of the project, a map was chosen to best represent this scale and breadth of the trainings. A scale is used at the bottom of the graphic to provide more details to compare the … Continue reading ECHO-funded UNISDR Media Trainings on Disaster Risk Reduction: 2010-2011

NGO Small Grants Funding

The Early Recovery Project for the United Nations Development Programme needed to report on the progress of the Project to their donors. This map was part of the report to highlight the number of projects in Timor-Leste funded under the NGO Small Grants Fund. This includes the total funding for the projects, as well as … Continue reading NGO Small Grants Funding

IDP Households and Projects Map

As part of an Early Recovery project with the United Nations Development Programme in Timor-Leste, one of the objectives of the project was to help communities that were displaced during the political crisis resettle back into their communities. UNDP and IOM were working on community infrastructure projects to help with reintegration of communities. The map … Continue reading IDP Households and Projects Map


In cooperation with the Government of Timor-Leste, I co-chaired the countrys Geographic Information Group (GIG) between 2008-2010. The GIG was used as a forum for all government bodies and international organizations using spatial information and data for development projects to come together to share information, challenges, and experiences. One of the key activities the GIG … Continue reading GIS Day

Houses at Risk from Flooding

This map was created to provide an overall analysis of the flood vulnerability of areas in Timor-Leste, as part of an assessment prior to the rainy season in the country. The map was developed to support the humanitarian response as well as to help develop contingency plans by the United Nations and emergency preparedness measures … Continue reading Houses at Risk from Flooding

Non Formal Education in Oecusse

In preparation for a planning meeting with one of the poorest districts in Timor-Leste, this compilation was created to highlight the education issues in the district. The statistics were drawn from a database the Ministry of Education was maintaining. One of the areas that the government wanted to look into was non-formal education since the … Continue reading Non Formal Education in Oecusse

Natural Hazard Risks in Asia-Pacific

Developed an A1-size poster for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) to highlight the offices work, as well as to showcase the hazard and risk mapping the organization was involved in. It was made as an educational piece to support the offices work on emergency preparedness and hazard risk in … Continue reading Natural Hazard Risks in Asia-Pacific