Location, Location, Location

My research this summer is building upon Medical Aid Nicaragua: Outreach Scholarship’s (MANOS) previous efforts to map the community of Chaguite, Nicaragua. Their data were expansive, but were incomplete and somewhat unreliable. Drawing from a background in geology and environmental science, I believed we could learn so much more about the community’s social infrastructure if we could better understand the underlying geography and distribution of resources in the region. Using the team’s Garmin eTrex 20 GPS receiver, I would need to collect x,y coordinates of every latrine, cistern, and water source at each house in Chaguite. Paired with tracks of paths within the community and house/building locations, I could create a relatively comprehensive map of community resources.

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