Amit's career has included 10+ years in WFP's Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping team (VAM, which is now a division at WFP called Research Assessments and Monitoring - RAM) along with several years of software development and enterprise technology deployments in the private sector.
The rapid growth in Earth Observation data to monitor climate hazards has created new opportunities to leverage technology and data science to reduce the risk of droughts, floods, and tropical storms. But there are still significant barriers in accessing and using Earth Observation data operationally, especially in countries with limited resources - which are also the most affected by climate change. To help overcome some of these challenges, the UN World Food Program has developed an open source software solution called PRISM, which simplifies the process for creating an interactive web-based mapping application built on React that can visualize and analyze climate hazard data published through OGC standard web services. During this talk, we’ll present the problem we aimed to solve, the technology choices we’ve made, and our rationale for opting to go open source for this solution.