This progress report presents an update regarding the activities
conducted by UNOOSA and partners agencies in the project entitled: A
Visual Analytics Approach to Understanding Poverty Assessment through
Disaster Impacts in Latin America and Africa. The report comments on
activities conducted thus far, results from ongoing analysis, challenges
faced, and the next steps.
The report presents a description of the visual analytics tool developed
to conduct the analysis of data collected for this project and the
analysis regarding the Guatemalan case study. The report also includes
one annex which lists the different types of data and information which
have been gathered to carry out the analysis focusing on Guatemala.
Preliminary findings indicate that assessing the impact of the Global
Economic Crisis (GEC) in countries like Guatemala requires a more
in-depth analysis of pre-existing conditions, of the impacts of
International Oil and Food Crisis which preceded the GEC, and regarding
local conditions including those faced by the government at the time of
the GEC. The project focused on the analysis of impacts of disasters to
track the effects of the GEC, but the impacts related to disasters
reveal the vulnerabilities which have been generated over the years or
decades, and the effects of the GEC on vulnerability is often blurred by
other factors including the effects of the preceding International Oil
and Food Crisis, previous disasters, the pre-existing conditions
regarding poverty and livelihoods. While visual analytic tools such as
the Visual Analytic Globe were developed to assist researchers involved
in this project in the analysis of the GEC and its effects on Guatemala
and Burkina Faso, such tools did not provide an advantage in comparison
to the more traditional research methods when tracking the effects of
Anon. A Visual Analytics Approach to Understanding Poverty Assessment through Disaster Impacts in Latin America and Africa. Progress Report 15 October 2011. United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Vienna, Austria (2011) 92 pp.
A Visual Analytics Approach to Understanding Poverty Assessment through Disaster Impacts in Latin America and Africa. Progress Report 15 October 2011.