GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management

Lesson 7 Overview

The What If New York City competition encouraged participants to submit designs for response plans and alternative forms of emergency housing. The competition developed an interactive scenario tool to help inspire those plans.

In this lesson, we will rely on our new knowledge of GIS as it is used in the four stages of emergency management to develop scenarios that can be used to inform the design of new GIS systems for emergency management. Scenarios are a key creative mechanism for evaluating system designs against the likely impacts and outcomes from a hypothetical disaster situation. You will learn about scenarios and then develop your own.


At the successful completion of Lesson 7, students should be able to:

  • describe the key components of scenario design;
  • work in groups to develop your own scenarios;
  • explain and discuss why mapping social media is relevant to future GIS systems for emergency management.


If you have questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them at the Lesson 7 Questions and Comments Discussion in Canvas.