Information and Spatial Technology

Multi-Hazard Mapping Initiative
This is the Web site of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Multi-Hazard Mapping Initiative (MMI). It includes information about the initiative and an online Multi-Hazard Atlas. Users can zoom in or out, pan right or left to determine the hazards of a particular location. They can also specify a state, zip code, or congressional district, as well as specific hazards to be examined.

ESRI Hazards Information
Under the Project Impact initiative, FEMA and the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) formed a national partnership aimed in part at providing multihazard maps and information to U.S. residents, business owners, schools, community groups, and local governments via the Internet. The information provided via the ESRI Web site is intended to assist in building disaster-resistant communities across the country by sharing geographic knowledge about local hazards. This site allows users to create online hazard maps for which they can specify both location and the hazards to be shown. It also directs users to other sources of information - both on the Web and in the real world.

National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) Natural Hazards Data
The NGDC Natural Hazards Data Web site contains databases, slide sets, and publications available from NGDC on geophysical hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes and includes the Natural Hazards Data Resources Directory ( published jointly with the Natural Hazards Center.

NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) maintains many tools and assets for observing and analyzing hazards; conducts several programs for detecting, monitoring, responding to, and mitigating hazards; and offers numerous resources (primarily via the Web) to educate the general public about these risks. In addition, NESDIS manages extensive databases concerning historical and current disaster events.

Spatial Trends in Coastal Socioeconomics
The primary objective of this Web site from NOAA's National Ocean Service, Spatial Trends in Coastal Socioeconomics, is to increase awareness and improve access for the coastal stewardship community to socioeconomic information in a timely fashion. The site includes information for all 50 states and provides a set of Web-based data analysis and display tools to facilitate data retrieval, mapping, analysis, assessments, and comparative studies and also offers query tools to retrieve data by individual or multiple counties or watersheds.

NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center Map Products
The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Climate Diagnostics Center (CDC) is to identify the nature and causes of climate variations on time scales ranging from a month to centuries and thus to predict climate variations on these time scales. The CDC provides several resources including its Map Room Weather Products, Map Room Climate Products, and Display and Analysis Web pages for CDC Climate Data.

Committee on Earth Observation Satellites
The Committee on Earth Observation Satellites "Disaster Management Support Project" was created to strengthen natural and technological disaster management on a worldwide basis by fostering improved use of existing and planned earth observation satellite data. Supporting the committee's work, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched this Web site to provide ongoing specific satellite data on volcanic ash, floods, tropical storms, wildfire, El Nino, earthquakes, drought, and oil spills. It also provides special coverage of emerging crises, as well as background information about the entire project.

NASA Natural Disaster Reference Database
The Natural Disaster Reference Database page, assembled by the Earth Sciences Directorate of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, contains extensive bibliographic information on research results and programs related to the use of satellite remote sensing for disaster mitigation of all kinds.

International Charter Space and Major Disasters
The objective of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters is to provide a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or human-caused disasters through authorized users. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the charter and thus is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property. Visit the Web site to find out more about the charter and its member agencies.

USGS National Earthquake Information Center
The U.S Geological Survey's (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center Web site comprises pages and pages, maps and maps of seismicity information from around the world.

USGS Mapping Coastal Hazards
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, in partnership with NASA, have developed an extreme-storm hazards map. Created using data gathered by a high-tech, airplane-mounted laser, the map shows critical elevations of the south Atlantic coast that indicate relative vulnerabilities of the coast to storm surge and inundation by hurricanes and extreme storms. The data provided in the map should help local emergency managers and natural resource officials prepare for storms. The scientists have also developed a new scale that categorizes expected coastal change (erosion and accretion) that occurs during storms. The map and scale are now available on the Web site above. Similar maps are planned for the Gulf of Mexico and northeast U.S. coastlines.

Asia-Pacific Natural Hazards and Vulnerabilities Atlas
The Pacific Disaster Center designed this Web-based hazards atlas to support disaster management and humanitarian assistance communities in the Asia-Pacific region and Hawaii. The updated atlas provides a geospatial framework through which a wealth of hazards-related information can be viewed, including real-time and historical tropical cyclone tracks, earthquake locations, wildfires, and tsunami runup zones.

The GeoCommunity is a portal for geospatial technology professionals, a gathering place for geographic information systems, CAD, mapping, and location-based industry professionals, enthusiasts, and students. Visit the site for spatial news and up-to-date information about software, careers, events, and more.

LANDFIRE is a five-year, multipartner wildland fire, ecosystem, and fuel mapping project designed to generate consistent, comprehensive maps and data describing vegetation, fire, and fuel characteristics across the United States. The primary partners in the project are the Nature Conservancy, U.S. Geological Survey, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Fire Lab.