GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management

Lesson 3 Overview

Tokyo, Japan: What would happen if another major earthquake struck Japan and caused a blackout that lasted over a month in a city like Tokyo? How could GIS be used to examine vulnerabilities like that for major cities?
Photo: Anthony Robinson

This week, we focus on the first of the four phases of emergency management - vulnerability assessment and hazard mitigation. We will read about risk mapping and vulnerability assessment using GIS. Building on the background knowledge we've gained from previous lessons, each of you will conduct a vulnerability analysis of a university of your choosing. You will also continue making progress on the term project assignment.


At the successful completion of Lesson 3, students should be able to:

  • describe the concepts associated with risk mapping and vulnerability assessment facilitated by GIS;
  • conduct your own vulnerability assessment;
  • begin background research on your final project topic;
  • describe and discuss the emerging technology trend of volunteered geographic information.


If you have questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them in the Lesson 3 Questions and Comments Discussion in Canvas.