Natural Hazards & Environment Department Outline

MIL provides advanced environmental and hazards mapping and modelling services, using one of the largest GIS datasets in Jamaica. Whether for pure environmental or hazards research, or wider integrated analysis involving our other data and services, socio-economic data or software development, MIL can provide world class services to suit specific clients. Some of the services include Terrain Modeling; Environmental, Coastal & Nearshore Mapping; Hazards Analysis, Modeling and Simulations; Hydrodynamic Models and Site-Suitability For Agriculture.

The environmental and natural hazard portfolio at MGI has grown tremendously over the past years. In association with the Unit for Disaster Studies (UDS) at UWI, Mona, we have continued the promotion of natural hazards awareness in Jamaica through various presentations to governments, conferences, insurance firms, academic and educational institutions, the media, and the general public. The recently revamped MGI/UDS database contains numerous hazard-specific datasets including geo-physical base data (soils, geology, faults etc.), modeled hazards and derived data (inland flooding, landslide rating, windstorm etc.) field-collected data and archived information (mapped landslide and flood inventories). This data, in addition to data originating from multiple sources (including Mines and Geology Division, Water Resources Authority, National Environment and Planning Agency) are showcased in our Natural Hazards Atlas for Jamaica, which was published by UWI Press in November 2011 and is currently available for purchase.