The Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica (GoCD) is taking a very pro-active approach in developing a plan to increase the island’s overall resiliency to climate change by leveraging a program funded by the World Bank called the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP). The DVRP has far reaching affects in not only studying sea-level rise, but also in understanding the impacts from past and future natural disasters (hurricanes, tropical storms, flooding, landslides, etc.) for mitigation and engineering purposes. On August 27, 2015, Tropical Storm Erika unleashed 19 inches of rain in a short time on Dominica, resulting in extreme devastation to portions of the island. There were a number of casualties as villages and homes were destroyed by significant flooding and landslides. Furthermore, Dominica reportedly endured over $228 million USD worth of damage to roads and critical bridges, nearly half the country’s GDP.

Even before experiencing the catastrophic impacts of Tropical Storm Erika, this small Caribbean island was embarking on a plan to map the country and the bordering ocean floor using LiDAR technology and multi-spectral imagery. Sounds easy enough, however what does not exist […]