GIS and Natural Hazard Management (Technical Paper from GIS Development)
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GIS and Natural Hazard Management (Technical Paper from GIS Development)

December 28, 2005 -- The last twelve months has seen numerous well-publicized catastrophic natural disasters occur throughout the world, including the tsunami of Asia, several hurricanes of the USA, and the earthquakes of Pakistan/India. What each of these events has in common aside from the extent of loss of life, livelihood and materials, was the lack of preparedness of authorities to react to each event. Now that the events have passed and communities are back on the road to recovery, many observers are commenting on what could have been done better. There is an old saying of being “wiser after the event” which seems particularly true when such extreme events occur. This paper describes an approach to being better prepared to handle devastating events, and where GIS technology has a role to play....


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