University of the West Indies - Disaster Risk Reduction Centre

University of West Indies conducts geo-training

At the St. Augustine campus of the University of West Indies, host of a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, more than 40 Caribbean data managers, IT specialists and software developers concluded...
Participants of the 2013 Regional Support Office Meeting

UN-SPIDER's 4th Annual Meeting of Regional Support Offices

UN-SPIDER inaugurated on 11 February 2013 its 4th Annual meeting of Regional Support Offices (RSOs) on the premises of the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. The meeting is a side event of the...

Caribbean: Flood Risk Reduction System Developed

The member states of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) now have a model flood risk reduction system in place, which can contribute to protecting the lives and property of...

On 8 October 2010, the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed the cooperation agreement that established the tenth UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO). UWI is the first university to host an RSO and to contribute its experience and capabilities to the UN-SPIDER by doing so.

The RSO aims at:

  • Providing the leadership that drives the rationalization, integration, and development of all initiatives in disaster risk reduction and disaster management within the University of the West Indies;
  • Mobilizing resources to supplement those provided by the University of the West Indies, to advance the university’s disaster management programme;
  • Developing partnerships and other collaborative mechanisms that allow the University, its students and staff to maximize the effectiveness of their interventions in disaster management to advance sustainable development in the Caribbean region.

The RSO employs five faculty members and four technical staff with expertise in the following areas: Remote Sensing, GIS, and GPS

Infrastructure:

  • Software: ERDAS Imagine, IDRISI, and ESRI Suite
  • Hardware: GIS and Photogrammetry Laboratory for 30 persons with internet connection and multimedia teaching equipment
  • Video conferencing facilities

 

  • Base digital spatial database for most of the Caribbean countries
  • DEM of most of the Caribbean countries
  • LANDSAT imageries of most of the Caribbean countries
  • GIS and Photogrammetry Laboratory
  • BSc in Geomatics
  • MSc in Geoinformatics
  • Short-courses in all areas of geoinformatics

Head of Institution
Dr Barbara Carby
Director Disaster Risk Reduction Centre
The University of the West Indies
13 Gibraltar Camp Way
Kingston 7
JAMAICA
Telephone: 1-876-977-1659
Fax: 1-876-977-1658
Email: cadeauspets@yahoo.com or barbara.caby@uwimona.edu.jm

UN-SPIDER World

Get in touch

Main Contact:
Mr Jacob Opadey
Head, Dept of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management
Faculty of Engineering
St. Augustine
Trinidad
West Indies
Telephone: 1-868-662-2002 ext 3313
Fax: 1-868-645-6708
jopadeyi@hotmail.com
Jacob.opadeyi@sta.uwi.edu
Department Website

Alternative Contact:
Dr. Raid A-Tahir
Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
Department of Geomatics Engineering & Land Management
St. Augustine
Trinidad
West Indies
Phone: 1-868-662-2002 ext 2108
Fax: 1-868-662-4414
raid.altahir@sta.uwi.edu

Address:
The University of the West Indies
Disaster Risk Reduction Centre
C/O Department of Geomatics Engineering & Land Management
St. Augustine, Trinidad, West Indies
http://www.uwi.edu/drrc/aboutus.aspx
http://www.sta.uwi.edu

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