Summary: The goal of TsunamiSim is to investigate the use of web-enabled GIS client-server architectures to dynamically overlay damages and relief efforts onto the geography and infrastructure of a disaster-afflicted region.

When a disaster strikes, response and relief organizations must first assess the location and extent of the damages prior to committing resources. Industrialized nations’ minimize the impact of disasters with robust emergency response infrastructures. Synchronous, distributed decision support systems, map applications, and simulations give disaster managers the ability to train for disasters, and control relief efforts. As a point of reference, specialized software and hardware architectures resourced, designed, and fielded to facilitate disaster management are heavyweight applications. In less developed regions of the world, disaster managers rely on ad hoc means of communication to assess and respond to disasters. As the Internet becomes more ubiquitous, lightweight applications accessible anywhere via computers and hand-held devices are needed to improve disaster management training and control where heavyweight applications are inaccessible.

Principal researcher(s): Michael Staver

Publications: Citations and publications

Project Page: Not available

Status: Active development 2000 Р2002.