WHAT WE DO
TerraData produces information tools and data that enhance the local community’s decision-making process regarding structural crisis and emergency responses
TerraData is aware how evidence-based information are important to evaluate before and after a natural disaster the preparedness of local communities and the resilience capacity of the whole ecosystem where humans activities are developed.
Trough the use of the newest leading-edge drone technology (UAV), TerraData experts produce high quality maps, diagnostics, and model potential plans, determine their impacts and visualize critical vulnerabilities. Information is collected together with community using a participatory methodology and providing a space for communities themselves, to describe and to define their socio-economic environment.
Monitoring Climate and Land-Use Change and promoting the concept “climate smart territories”
TerraData believes humans are able to re-orient the way in which the individual relates to his environment. The climate is a determinant, fundamental and critical variable for any sustainable development approach. “Climate smart territories” incorporate climate into the mitigation of imminent global changes, present and future. TerraData is aimed in combining a multitude of variables in order to address the complex problems of human beings and their environment in an effective and integral manner.
Climate change vulnerability assessment for urban areas
Especially in fragile states, assessment of climate change risks and vulnerability in urban areas is essential in order to inform and implement appropriate adaptation strategies. Disastrous effects of extreme weather events such as the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean area (Irma, Harvey, Maria) highlight the adaptation imperative. Regional spatial planning and urban design can help to reduce the vulnerability of communities to these risks. TerraData breaks down silos between sectors and disciplines in order to build a multi-sector evidence base for decision makers for adaptation plans and strategies.
Human activities impact on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Biodiversity benefits people through more than just its contribution to material welfare and livelihoods. Biodiversity contributes to security, resiliency, social relations, health, and freedom of choices and actions. Despite this, ecosystems are being degraded to an extent that may reduce their capacity to provide these services. TerraData develop strategies for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way (UN Convention on Biological Diversity, 2000). TerraData characterizes the susceptibility of services (and combinations of services) to particular socio-economic activities as food value chains, unregulated urbanization, land-use change and to extreme weather events linked to climate change.