Faculty Mentor

Jeff Templeton




GIS is a versatile tool that has widespread application before, during, and after catastrophic geologic events. This research project analyzes results from three recently published case studies each corresponding to a point along the crisis response timeline. Planning for various geologic crises is critical, as demonstrated by Tran and others (2009), who utilized GIS to analyze risk factors and map flood hazards in Vietnam. GIS is also an invaluable tool for search and research activities during a natural disaster. These situations require quick response to ensure fast resolution, and GIS can be rapidly deployed through a four step progression in a search and rescue operation (Pfau and Blanford, 2018). In the aftermath of geologic crises, GIS can be deployed to help distribute and coordinate disaster relief efforts. Using Leon County, Florida as a study area, Horner and Downs (2010) used GIS to create a distribution network for relief efforts in the event of a hurricane. While GIS is best known for its widespread use in disaster management planning, it is also an important tool for rapidly responding to emergencies and for organizing post-disaster relief efforts. These studies demonstrate that GIS technologies are highly versatile before, during, and after geologic crisis events. As such, GIS should be viewed as an important strategy in geologic crisis hazard management.




Earth/Physical Science


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