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Mobile geographic information handling technologies to support disaster management

Lookup NU author(s): Nosakhare Erharuyi, Dr David Fairbairn


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Geographic information, easily accessible in real time and capable of being shared amongst users through different emerging technologies (particularly mobile technologies), is essential for a wide range of public and privately-owned agencies responsible for disaster management tasks. Such tasks cannot be successfully undertaken without the real-time ability to visualise map locations, determine the scale of emergency, identify and evacuate at-risk populations, and expedite and direct rescue efforts. Considerable progress has been made in developing geographic information systems (GIS) over the past 30 years, such that the current state of geographic information technology can provide decision makers with the information they need to confront a wide variety of operations. However, little of this effort has gone into researching the unique requirements of field (mobile) geographic information management, or into developing relevant technologies that support integration and interoperability among databases and GIS to enable real-time mobile data processing. This article investigates the potential of mobile geographic information handling for disaster management, particularly oil spill emergency response. It considers measures to improve geographic information handling and to support rescue efforts during emergency response.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Erharuyi N, Fairbairn D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geography

Year: 2003

Volume: 88

Issue: 4

Pages: 312-318

Print publication date: 01/10/2003

ISSN (print): 0016-7487

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Publisher: Geographical Association