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Science AMA Series: I’m Brian Tomaszewski, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) researcher at Rochester Institute of Technology here to talk about using mapping to aid in the aftermath of disasters. AM
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Hi everyone, I’m Brian Tomaszewski and I am a researcher and assistant professor interested in how GIS can help with disaster management – for example, humanitarian crises resulting from war, or in the aftermath of a hurricane – and I am the author of the textbook Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Management (learn more about me here). I have recently worked at the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, which is home to more 80,000 refugees of the Syrian Civil War, as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded project to map resources and infrastructure at the camp. I have also conducted refugee research in Rwanda. Things happen so quick in the aftermath of a disaster that there can be a lot of miscommunication and mistakes and I aim to use mapping to help with more effective disaster response and decision making. Ask me anything about ways in which mapping can be used to help us better respond to or even prevent disasters. I will be back at 11 am ET (8 am PT, 3 pm UTC) to answer your questions, ask me anything! Edit: Hi everyone, Brian Tomaszewski here, let’s get started! I’ll be answering questions through 1pm! Edit: 1:10pm -Wow thank you so much to everyone who participated and for all of your insightful questions. I have to sign off now but I really enjoyed talking GIS with all of you. I encourage everyone to check out the resources and links mentioned today and get more involved in the GIS and disaster response communities. Have a good weekend! - Brian T.