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M. Lorraine Tighe, PhD
M. Lorraine Tighe, PhD
Dr. Tighe has a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, a graduate degree in Remote Sensing and GIS, and a B.Sc. in Physics and Geology. Dr. Tighe has delivered lectures ranging from a half day workshop to a 4 week training program to over 2000 participants in USA, Canada, Jamaica, Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, … More »

Disaster Management

October 25th, 2013 by M. Lorraine Tighe, PhD

Flash floods, typhoons, earthquakes, wildfires, tornados, hurricanes; the list is extensive when it comes to natural disasters! With increased global awareness of worldwide natural disasters, the geospatial community is increasingly getting involved in innovative ways to provide and utilize geospatial data to the field of natural disasters. Without geospatial data, one cannot expect effective and efficient disaster management because geospatial data are the essential element of Emergency Response Systems (ERS).

ERS systems maximize the use of geospatial information to meet the real needs of users across a wide variety of different sectors and disciplines. Over the past decade, we have seen progressive, web-based and data hosting infrastructures coupled with evolving geospatial data and methodologies, which enable the development of unique decision support frameworks for the disaster preparedness and response.

The World Disaster report is an interesting read that demonstrates how technological innovations are having a profound impact on the way we prepare, respond, and mitigate risks associated with natural disasters. Intermap® is active in such activities – with our RiskPro software and The 360 Report™, designed to assist end users with evaluating the threat of a natural hazard at their latitude and longitude location.

Next week, I will be at the ASPRS Fall Conference “Imaging and Mapping for Disaster Management: From the Individual to the Global Community” where geospatial analysts and scientist unite to discuss remotely-sensed geospatial technological advances used to evaluate, plan for, mitigate, increase awareness, and respond to natural disasters worldwide. The lineup of technical sessions is extensive and sure to keep everyone engaged to learn more about the innovative ways to devote more attention to disaster preparedness activities. If you are attending, please join me when I moderate the Hazard Risk Mapping and Modeling Session on October 30th at 10am.

In your neck of the woods, what are some of the advantages that you see brought about by the use of geospatial solutions?

CaGIS/ASPRS 2013 Specialty Conference

Imaging and Mapping for Disaster Management: From the Individual to the Global Community

San Antonio, Texas * October 27 – 30, 2013
Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk

The Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS) and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) will join together to co-host the CaGIS/ASPRS 2013 Specialty Conference in San Antonio, Texas!

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