myHAZ-VCT 4+

Multi-hazard citizen science

British Geological Survey

Designed for iPad

    • Free

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Description

myHAZ-VCT is a citizen science app for sharing your observations of natural hazards and environmental phenomena in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A collaboration between The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) in Trinidad and Tobago, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the British Geological Survey (BGS), myHAZ-VCT is designed to provide scientists (SRC), emergency managers (NEMO) and citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with first-hand information about a range of natural hazards and environmental phenomena that occur in the country.

Through the myHAZ-VCT app you can upload photos, videos and free-text descriptions on a range of natural hazards including flooding, storms, landslides, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and other environmental phenomena such as drought, ground subsidence and changes in water levels. In addition, there are more detailed, optional questions to answer to help scientists, emergency managers and your fellow citizens know what is going on across St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

When a new observation is submitted, it is initially reviewed by myHAZ-VCT managers at SRC and NEMO, and then published in the app for other myHAZ-VCT users to view. A commenting facility within myHAZ-VCT lets users, SRC scientists and NEMO staff respond to observations, whilst SRC and NEMO can also send direct notifications to myHAZ-VCT users, such as further information and advice about ongoing hazards.

myHAZ-VCT uses a citizen science approach for gathering valuable data on various natural hazards occurring in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Citizen science is the active involvement of the non-scientific public in scientific research. Since scientists and emergency managers cannot be everywhere, enlisting members of the public like you, in sharing observations on multihazards can provide a broader understanding of the impact and behaviour of these in your community. This information can be used by NEMO to respond more effectively to impacted communities as well as to develop robust hazard mitigation systems.

What’s New

Version 1.1.0

Bug fixes

App Privacy

The developer, British Geological Survey, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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