With Anna away I've been staying busy with field work in Kobbefjord, but I did manage a day hike to the top of Sermitsiaq yesterday. Sermitsiaq is the iconic peak (also its own island) near Nuuk with a craggy 1200 meter summit visible from most places in town. It's also the name of the local newspaper, and many other community themed events. We had superb weather, especially considering Nuuk was shrouded in fog most of the day. Here are some photos from the hike:
For those of you who don't know, I've taken a 3 month contract with iMMAP in Afghanistan (I left Greenland 2 weeks ago). iMMAP is an information management ngo for whom I've worked before in Ethiopia, when they provided me to the United Nations World Food Programme as a GIS Officer from 2008-2009.
While here I will be conducting an information management needs assessment for several humanitarian agencies and ngos operating around the country. I am based in Kabul but should start traveling around the country in a few weeks to conduct the assessment. The basic goal is to identify info management gaps and needs within and between agencies so that we can help them come up with solutions to better manage their data and channel it to those who can best use it.
Right now I'm getting settled in Kabul, designing the study, and getting acquainted with the organizations that will be part of the assessment. I'm also making maps in my spare time. Here's one from a few days ago.
It feels good to be working again. If you'd like to see more of iMMAP's maps to get a sense of the kind of work they do here, check out this link.
I'm hoping that Ken may do a guest post here and there to satiate your thirst for Greenland ways of life. I doubt I'll post much from Afghanistan, but I may submit the occasional photo once I start traveling around the country.
We'll let you know.