This paper by Inderjit Claire of the private geospatial and information technology company RMSI explicates the relationship between census data and disaster management and preparedness. It stresses the importance of having accurate and complete information on population distribution in order to mitigate the devastation caused by natural disasters. It discusses the data required for vulnerability mapping (calculating the effect of a hazard with
respect to the assets and the population of the affected area), the role of census data in disaster management, and the use of geospatial and remote sensing technologies as a tool when reliable data is not available. The paper describes a case study based on the use of Geographical Information System (GIS).
Paper presented at the Sub-regional Workshop on Census Cartography and Management
Bangkok, Thailand, 15 – 19 October 2007 - organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
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