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REVIEW: "Confronting Catastrophe: A GIS Handbook", R. W. Greene

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    BKCCGISH.RVW 20081010 Confronting Catastrophe: A GIS Handbook , R. W. Greene, 2002, 1-58948-040-6, U$14.95 %A R. W. Greene %C 380 New York St.,
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      "Confronting Catastrophe: A GIS Handbook", R. W. Greene, 2002,
      1-58948-040-6, U$14.95
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      %O Audience i+ Tech 2 Writing 1 (see revfaq.htm for explanation)
      %P 140 p.
      %T "Confronting Catastrophe: A GIS Handbook"

      Interesting mapped and map oriented applications are springing up all
      over cyberspace, and are also becoming increasingly important in all
      kinds of ways. The introduction notes that GIS (Geographical
      Information Systems) is a form of data visualization based on the
      question "where," and that, in a disaster, "where" becomes of vital
      importance.

      Chapter one lists a number of examples of map-based databases, and
      examines a few issues that can impede the utility of such systems.
      Using one particular database and situation, chapter two examines the
      use of GIS in planning risk mitigation and reduction measures.
      Chapter three prompts emergency planners to think, in advance, about
      the catagories and specifics of GIS data that might be needed in the
      event of different types of disasters. (At one point Greene even
      suggests that a map of lawyers' residences could be useful. As much
      as I hate to admit it, he has a point.) Using the experience of the
      New York City GIS office following 9/11, chapter four makes a number
      of recommendations that will help GIS agencies to be maximally useful
      in a disaster. Chapter five turns to the issue of directing help in a
      disaster, but the material is quite limited.

      Appendix A is an essay on the use of GIS in disasters, addressing much
      of the same content, but from a different perspective and in an
      alternative format. The references list a number of very helpful
      Websites.

      Greene writes well, and his explanations are clear. The logical
      arrangement of the book is structured, but it is probably not as
      rigorously organized as the author thinks. (The chapter titles are
      obviously intended to follow a disaster planning system.) This book
      is a decent introduction to get emergency services leaders thinking
      about the issues.

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 2008 BKCCGISH.RVW 20081010


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