GEOG 588
Planning GIS for Emergency Management

Lesson 8 Overview

Animation of the impact of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake as detected by sensors in the United States. Source: IRIS.

Case Study Collaborative Project

This week, we will tackle our second collaborative project. This collaborative assignment is designed to pull together what you have learned so far in this class and apply it toward researching and critiquing the use of GIS in a recent disaster. You will work in teams to gather and condense information to explain and critique how GIS was used in a real crisis situation - the 2015 Nepal Earthquake.


At the successful completion of Lesson 8, students should be able to:

  • research and organize materials that describe how GIS was applied in a real crisis;
  • work with team members to create web content that summarizes what happened and what can be learned from a real crisis;
  • critique the use of GIS in a crisis situation, and identify leverage points for the use of GIS in similar situations in the future
  • describe and discuss the use of language processing tools to describe places mentioned in text media and their potential impact on GIS systems for emergency management.


If you have questions now or at any point during this week, please feel free to post them on the Lesson 8 Questions and Comments Discussion in Canvas.