ADRC International Paper
Information Technology For Disaster Management 

Geographical Information Systems in Disaster Reduction

Srikantha Herath

Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, 4-6-1 Komaba, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 158-8505, Japan



Disaster reduction requires the integration of information from diverse sources. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is one new key technology often used to collect, store, analyse and display large amount of spatially distributed information layers. The core of a GIS is a set of spatially referenced maps, which are stored either as points, lines, polygons or raster data. GIS makes it easy to assign attributes to these spatial quantities and combine different layers of information. 

Keywords: GIS technology; Disaster reduction

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