Current Capabilities


  • Optimal location analysis using image data, geographic data, and spatial modeling

  • COTS GIS tools for spatial analysis of optimal siting and land-use planning (e.g., landfill, shelter)

  • Commercial or government-provided remote-sensing acquisitions to monitor recovery progress on a regional basis

  • Land-cover or land-use classification, change detection, and mapping using COTS image analysis tools

  • Correlation of individual-level data across data sets

  • Multiple overlay and spatial relationships and comparison

  • Standard COTS GIS products for mapping and spatial analysis (but data may not be available)

  • Fleet tracking or location-based service to tag field activity with a handheld device; used by private sector (e.g., FedEx) but not by FEMA

  • Dynamic models that incorporate real- time geographic data of response activity within a GIS for full understanding of resource use and changing need

  • Coordinated, detailed information on post-incident population movement

  • Simple geocoding capabilities that allows nontechnical staff to provide coordinates for search and rescue operations

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