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Examining the Role of Geographic Information Systems

Posted on | October 30, 2009 | Comments Off on Examining the Role of Geographic Information Systems

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West Oʻahu Professor Ross Prizzia examines the critical role that Geographic Information Systems play during crises in Hawaiʻi. The study was published in The Public Manager. According to Prizzia, the GIS is key in facilitating communication, cooperation and coordination in and among public, private, non-profit and military organizations that work together to plan for and respond to natural and man-made disasters in Hawaiʻi.

Preparation for and response to volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and floods are of particular importance in Hawaiʻi. The purpose of the research is to describe and explain the value of GIS in the context of disaster and emergency management, and to identify the ways that GIS has increased the effectiveness of disaster preparedness and response in Hawaiʻi.

Read the news release.