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Technology

  • By: Rifaat Abdalla
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

The global concern for disasters is growing, as are the efforts on providing effective, decision-support technologies for disaster recovery. Disaster recovery decision makers are often faced with challenges that prevent making well-informed decisions in a timely manner. These challenges can be summarized in the lack of coordination, systematic approaches and mechanisms, and appropriate decision-support tools and technologies. Technology, in particular geospatial technologies, have changed the way in which we acquire, process, analyze, communicate, interact with, and visualize disaster recovery information. These unique, rapidly advancing capabilities have strengthened geospatial technology's contribution to resolving issues related to the disaster recovery decision-making process, by providing visual, spatially enabled products.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

GIS has emerged as one of the most effective geospatial technologies for disaster risk reduction, mainly for ...

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