Coverge of mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies on Sept 7.
Geotechnology Helps Get the U.S. Back in Business
“Mike da Luz, ESRIs solutions manager for forestry, fire and disaster management, said the geographic information systems (GIS) company is working with responders and relief agencies to update their software or applications. He said ESRI is also pushing out their requests, providing technical expertise to the Federal Emergency Management Agency at one of FEMAs sites, posting Web sites with names of GIS experts who are offering their services and contacting ESRIs clients in the affected area who may need assistance.
“’We don’t produce data or imagery on our own, but what were trying to do is coordinate that as [data and images] become available, and were trying to push those out to who we believe can use them in the best mode,’ he said.”
“Geo Strategies, based in St John’s Innovation Centre in Cowley Road [Cambridge, UK], has been called on to create specialist maps to help emergency services search for survivors and for hazard management.
“The team based its maps on a detailed analysis of latest satellite imagery of the area, which was first struck by Hurricane Katrina eight days ago.”
Cambridge Evening News Online (UK)
“LSU researchers will use satellite imagery and computer modeling to get a better fix on the quantity [of potentially toxic water in New Orleans].”
“The Geospatial Information & Technology Association in Aurora [Colorado], is acting as a clearing center for emergency requests from the Gulf Coast area and for volunteers and contributions from the geographic information systems industry, which links records in a database with information displayed on maps.”
The Denver Post via Durango Herald
“To expedite the decontamination process, both [director of Duke’s integrated toxicology program] Di Giulio and Marie Miranda, an associate professor at the Nicholas School, will be aiding the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the design of a Geographic Information System. The GIS system will be used to create map overlays plotting the locations of chemical plants and refineries, among other things, in relation to potential hot-spots of contamination where flooding has occurred.”
The Chronicle Online (Duke University)
“...We’re going to need to have GIS people. We’re going to need to have policy-makers, public works folks ...” Chuck Magaha, Levenworth County, Kansas’ director of emergency management on pulling together resources to help in recovery efforts in the south.
The Tonganoxie Mirror
“When did this calamity happen? It hasn’t—yet. But the doomsday scenario is not far-fetched. The Federal Emergency Management Agency lists a hurricane strike on New Orleans as one of the most dire threats to the nation, up there with a large earthquake in California or a terrorist attack on New York City. Even the Red Cross no longer opens hurricane shelters in the city, claiming the risk to its workers is too great.”
Gone with the Water
National Geographic (October 2004)
“Searches for satellite map images of before and after shots of the affected areas of Hurricane Katrina have also jumped more than 300 percent over the past week.”
Lycos Press Release