GEOG 858
Spatial Data Science for Emergency Management

Overview and Checklist



Use the slider to see comparison imagery taken before and after the 2018 earthquake and tsunami and earthquake in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Later in the course, you will undertake a detailed case study of what happened to people, infrastructure and the environment during and in the aftermath of this devastating series of events.
Credit: Maxxar Open Data Program. For more information have a look at this reporting from ABC News Australia. 

Threats to people and their property can take many forms. Many of the situations we concern ourselves with in this course are linked to natural events. But it is also important to consider a wide range of social and economic triggers that could cause emergency management situations. In this lesson, we'll take a look at a variety of disaster types and their associated geographic attributes.

What You Will Learn

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • identify the wide array of emergency situations in which geospatial tools could be used;
  • evaluate possible term project topics and related datasets, choose a topic, write an abstract and present to the instructor;
  • learn more about the growing technological trend of UAV systems and how they relate to geospatial analysis and crises;
  • complete a hazard/risk assessment using GIS and UAV date and evaluate the results.

What You Will Do

Lesson 2 is one week in length. To finish this lesson, you must complete the activities listed below.

Lesson 2 Checklist
To Read
  • Lesson content on hazards and disasters and related geospatial approaches and technologies
  • From "GIS for Disaster Management" - Chapter 4, pages 111-131 "Disaster Management and Geographic Information Systems"
  • Selections from 2017 ASEAN report “Specific Hazard s: Handbook on Geospatial Decision Support in ASEAN Countries”. 
To Do
  • Reading Discussion

  • Exercise: Working with GIS and UAV Data

  • Term Project: Abstract and details of datasets

Please refer to the Course Calendar for specific due dates. 


If you have questions about the content or lesson activities, please post them to the General Questions and Discussion forum in Canvas. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help a classmate. If your question is of a personal nature, please email me directly through Canvas.