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Geospatial Information Development and Application To Support Effective Decision-Making in the Federated States of Micronesia

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Christopher C. Chiesa | AFFILIATION: UH / Pacific Disaster Center | PROJECT LOCATION:  Federated States of Micronesia

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is an insular nation in the western Pacific, exposed to a range of natural hazards including tropical cyclones, floods, droughts, earthquakes, tsunamis and landslides. Effective disaster management decision-making requires information on the timing, strength and spatial extent of these hazards, as well as on the exposed people, institutions and infrastructure. Currently, no comprehensive GIS database exists for FSM, nor are the skills needed to develop, manage, analyze and apply geospatial data to disaster management and disaster risk reduction activities widely developed among disaster response personnel. The project will involve developing a geospatial database containing data relevant to FSM, and integrating geospatial data resources into an existing disaster management web application called DisasterAWARE.  Additionally, local disaster management and disaster risk reduction personnel will be trained to use data resources and decision-support tools to enhance future disaster response efforts.

Read the Pacific Disaster Center's article highlighting this project: http://www.pdc.org/PDCNewsWebArticles/2013/02_noaa_fsm/