Video Introduction to Crisis Mapping

I’ve given many presentations on crisis mapping over the past two years but these were never filmed. So I decided to create this video presentation with narration in order to share my findings more widely and hopefully get a lot of feedback in the process. The presentation is not meant to be exhaustive although the video does run to about 30 minutes.

The topics covered in this presentation include:

  • Crisis Map Sourcing – information collection;
  • Mobile Crisis Mapping – mobile technology;
  • Crisis Mapping Visualization – data visualization;
  • Crisis Mapping Analysis – spatial analysis.

The presentation references several blog posts of mine in addition to several operational projects to illustrate the main concepts behind crisis mapping. The individual blog posts featured in the presentation are listed below:

This research is the product of a 2-year grant provided by Humanity United  (HU) to the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning, where I am a doctoral fellow.

I look forward to any questions/suggestions you may have on the video primer!

Patrick Philippe Meier

29 responses to “Video Introduction to Crisis Mapping

  1. Impressive. You’ve crunched a couple years of study and analysis into 30 minutes. Anyone just getting started in this field should start with this video.

  2. Really helpful primer for someone like me who’s skirted around the subject but never really had time to dig much deeper. Nice work, Patrick.

    (Priceless!). =D

  3. Patrick, What a really superb summary and serious introduction to the topic. Extremely well done. Thank you very much for this contribution to the field and to the ongoing education of the large number of people who are interested in getting involved.

  4. Andre Blackman

    Great work Patrick! Thanks so much for this great resource. This is an area that I’m absolutely fascinated by and wanting to learn as much as I can. Definitely useful in the public health world.

  5. A very interesting and ambitious presentation, I must say. It’s nice to see that the data from our friends in Norway (ACLED) is mentioned as well. Might as well give you a heads up as well; we at the Uppsala Conflict Data Program (see link if you are interested) will soon embark on geo-referencing all of our data on organised violence from 1989-2008. This entails georeferencing probably over 150,000 battles/killings of civilians globally in the period stated above. Might be of interest for your project when it is published.

    Thanks again for a good presentation.

    • Hi Ralph, thanks for your note! I’m thrilled to read that Uppsala will be geo-referencing all the organized violence data, that’s fantastic! Really great news, thanks for sharing. I will definitely mention this in my next presentation (this coming Monday in Berkeley). Incidentally, I was a researcher at PRIO back in 2006 and have always valued Uppsala’s work on data development.

      • Thanks, would be lovely if you’d mention it. Seems that the whole world of peace researchers visits PRIO at one time or the other. I was just there a few weeks back at the 50th anniversary. Fantastic place!

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  7. Hello Ralph, nice and comprehensive video! I have linked it from my blog at

  8. Hi Patrick,

    This video is such a great resource, thank you! I’m actually interviewing InSTEDD team members today for a DigiActive post about their use of technology (Mesh4x as well as GeoChat and Evolve) for disaster response in SE Asia. The interview/blog post is part of our final project in my Globalizing Social Activism & the Power of the Media course at NYU (and my topic turned out to be quite timely, what with the current disease outbreak). In any case, I just wanted to let you know that your blog has been extremely informative and useful for the class and for this final project 🙂

    Thanks again,

  9. Hello from Hamburg, Germany: sehr, sehr gut (=Very, very good)
    Sincerley Yours!

  10. Bernard Wright

    Hi Patrick,
    Sounds interesting! Where can I find the video? I can’t see a link on this page?
    B Wright

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  13. i’m just starting in this field, and this was very very helful. thank you!

  14. I just came across the video. Really good. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. As a search and rescue volunteer myself this was good to watch. I’m just working through a lot of INSARAG and UN guidelines for ‘light’ reading. This makes a good supplement, thankyou.

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