Challenges for the application of GIS interoperability in emergency management

Rifaat Abdalla, C. Vincent Tao, Jonathan Li

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This paper highlights application challenges for GIS interoperability for emergency management with emphasis on critical infrastructure sectors. In the first part, this paper provides a comparative analysis of emergency management operations in the City of Vancouver; the City of Toronto, the Kitchener Waterloo Region, and the Dufferin County. A variety of qualitative research methods were employed for gathering information from key decision-makers involved with emergency management. The second part of this paper presents a scenario-based case study, which aims to provide a demonstration of the utility of GIS interoperability, for disaster management. This paper also discusses the strengths and weaknesses of leveraging GIS interoperability for disaster management.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeomatics Solutions for Disaster Management
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)3540721061, 9783540721062
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event3rd International Symposium on Geoinformation for Disaster Management, Gi4DM 2007 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: May 23 2007May 25 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography
ISSN (Print)1863-2351


Conference3rd International Symposium on Geoinformation for Disaster Management, Gi4DM 2007
CityToronto, ON

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Computers in Earth Sciences

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