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

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    "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., Redlands, CA 92373-8100
    %D 2002
    %G 1-58948-040-6
    %I ESRI Press/IPG
    %O U$14.95 800-888-4741 312-337-0747 909-793-2853
    %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

    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

    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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