Pacific Disaster Center's Comprehensive Response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami - Technical Paper

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In response to the 26 December 2004 earthquake and resulting tsunami, the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) immediately sprang into action. Within days, PDC launched the ArcIMS software-based Indian Ocean Tsunami Response Geospatial Information Service and a related Map Viewer, providing high-resolution satellite imagery and GIS information to hundreds of organizations and their staff. Working in close collaboration with Mercy Corps, the United Nations, and a number of other organizations, PDC received and processed hundreds of images, totaling more than 1 TB of information, received via the U.S. Government's Commercial Satellite Imagery Library (CSIL). PDC also deployed GIS analysts to provide direct support to response and recovery efforts in Thailand and Indonesia where they collected and applied geospatial information required to assess damage to infrastructure, locate refuge camps, and land relief supply-laden helicopters. PDC also established an earthquake notification system to provide timely warning to relief workers potentially exposed to harmful aftershocks.

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