Esri Press Tutorial Provides Guidance

Improving Situational Awareness During Disaster Relief Events

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GIS is an essential tool for improving situational awareness during humanitarian emergencies, including how to optimize the impact of goods and services to affected populations. New from Esri Press, GIS Tutorial for Humanitarian Assistance specializes in teaching the humanitarian applications of GIS. The book builds upon the recent experience of leading practitioners from around the world and establishes basic principles for the analytic applications of ArcGIS in humanitarian aid operations.

The book was written by Firoz Verjee, a senior research associate at the Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and coordinator of the Aga Khan Development Network's Seismic Risk Management Initiative, based in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. For more than two decades, Verjee has specialized in the application of remote sensing and GIS, primarily within the fields of disaster risk reduction and humanitarian assistance.

GIS Tutorial for Humanitarian Assistance follows a step-by-step instructional format. Exercises help teach core cartographic skills, spatial data management, planning logistics, and route optimization and encourage disciplined, standardized data management, all within the context of humanitarian assistance. Designed as a complete training system for disaster relief responders, as well as students, the book exposes readers to a range of ArcGIS functionality.

Scenarios from the book are based on real-world humanitarian aid issues, including food distribution in Ethiopia, determining suitable campsites for internally displaced persons, and assisting victims of the 2008 earthquake in Pakistan.

The book includes a 180-day trial of ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1 software on DVD and a CD of data for the book's exercises. Resources for teaching in a classroom, such as lesson plans and lecture slides, are also available.

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