Use of mapping

By Jerelle O’Brien

I’ve been attempting to write this blog for over four days now and I really can’t bring myself to find what to make it about, how to construct the format of this post and just how to write it.

So, I decided to relate my post to using digital humanist tools and technology to review and answer research questions. My topic involves the use of mapping- a digital humanities tool that compiles data that is collected and formats it into a virtual image. Mapping opens up the discussion on your topic to an audience that a basic research paper will never attract. Mapping doesn’t use just words but images that help with the understanding and interpretation of the message trying to be sent across.

See now, mapping out or use of a timeline on how disasters have worsened and its effects on different sectors in the caribbean countries such as food security over a period of time gives a more progressive view of the point rather than a typed out research paper where one must read through everything to get a complete understanding of what is being said.

Mapping also provides a direct source to the information someone may be looking for. For example, one may want research on the effects of natural disasters on food and water security to a specific country, during a specific year. This type of research answer and technique provides them with the ease of access to this information.

“Caribbean Nations Pay Steep Price for Climate Change Caused by Others”

By Jerelle O’Brien

“Caribbean Nations Pay Steep Price for Climate Change Caused by Others – Barbados.” ReliefWeb, reliefweb.int/report/barbados/caribbean-nations-pay-steep-price-climate-change-caused-others.

According to FAO, the Caribbean is on its way to achieving global hunger targets based on sustainable development goals. The percentage of undernourished people in the region has dropped from  23.3% to 16.5% between 2005 and 2017. Whilst this is a great achievement and the goal should be to continue on the path to decreasing this percentage, there is also a cause for concern as these figures are very vulnerable.

Climate change increases the difficulty of Caribbean countries to thrive in the production of food locally.

This is as a result of the constant lashings from hurricanes and harsh periods of dry weather which affects the agricultural areas in the country. Periods of dry weather stunts the growth of various crops, dries up rivers and affects the supply of these things to the people of the land.  

According to the FAO, 10-25% of crop yield may decline due to climate change. The results of low agricultural productivity and increased food prices are from extreme heat, droughts, floods, salt water encroachment and storms which stems from climate change.

Mapping the effects of natural disasters on food and water security in the Caribbean over the past 10 years. In light of this topic, the understanding of the concept of mapping needs to in full reach in order to complete the presentation of the research.

Finding information on the topic for the Caribbean countries before the devastating hurricanes in 2017 brings forth difficulty as most sources generalize information and speak majority on the economic effects.