GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management



In this lesson, you have received an introduction to the major concepts associated with GIS systems for emergency management. You reviewed the four basic stages of emergency management and read some background material that defines common terms to GIS and emergency management.

Disasters and emergencies provide a wide range of opportunities for GIS systems to play an important role, and in future lessons we will delve into these possibilities in detail.

This week, we covered our first emerging technology theme. I've created a page for every lesson that focuses on a different technology theme that I think is relevant in some way to future GIS systems for emergency management. When we are concerned about planning future GIS systems, it is essential to become aware of new technology trends that could significantly impact how systems work in the not-too-distant future.

In the next lesson, we will review the range of hazards and emergencies that may require the use of GIS systems to aid mitigation, preparation, response, and recovery efforts.

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If there is anything in the lesson materials that you would like to comment on or add to, feel free to post your thoughts in the Lesson 1 Questions and Comments Discussion in Canvas. For example, what did you have the most trouble with in this lesson?  Was there anything useful here that you'd like to try in your own work?