Natural Hazards and Vulnerabilities Atlas
Entry ID: PDC_NHVA
Abstract: The Pacific Disaster Center's (PDC) Asia Pacific Natural Hazards and
Vulnerabilities Atlas is an interactive, geospatial mapping tool and database
for natural hazards and vulnerabilities information within the Asia Pacific and
Indian Ocean regions. The Hazards Atlas can be used by researchers, planners,
managers, and decision makers in the disaster management community to ... gain
greater awareness of the risks of natural hazards in their area of concern and
may be used to determine the likelihood and potential impact of such events.
The Atlas may be used to enhance decision-makers ability to answer operational
questions such as:
-What hazards are likely to occur in this region, and with what frequency and
-Where are current hazard events and what is their extent?
-How many people can be, or are, affected?
The Atlas utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies to
integrate and display locations, magnitudes, and dates of hazard events,
delineate regional natural hazard phenomenon, and depict historical trends. The
Atlas combines baseline geographic and infrastructure data layers with
historical as well as near-real time data on natural hazard events including:
earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and tropical storms.
The Asia Pacific Natural Hazards and Vulnerabilities Atlas offers an integrated
collection of geospatial hazards, vulnerabilities, and infrastructure data by
bringing together a number of previously disparate data resources and
information into a common framework. The data have been processed to, and are
displayed in, a Mercator projection (150 degrees West, WGS84).
The PDC would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their data
-Earth Resource Mapping Inc. (ER Mapper)
-Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI)
-Munchener Ruchversicherungs-Gesellschaft (Munich Re)
-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration?s (NOAA) National
Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
-National Weather Service (NWS)
-Naval Pacific Meteorology and Oceanography Center?s Joint Typhoon Warning
-National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA)
-Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
-Smithsonian Institute's Global Volcanism Program
-Southwest Volcano Research Centre (SWVRC)
-United Nations Environmental Programme's (UNEP) Global Resources Information
-University of Hawaii (UH)
-US Geological Survey's (USGS) National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC)
-WorldSat International Inc.
[Summary provided by the Pacific Disaster Center.]]
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Use Constraints The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) does not assume any legal liability or
responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any
information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed in this on-line atlas or
represent that its use would not infringe on privately owned rights. Reference
... therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name,
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its endorsement or recommendation. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made
by the PDC as to the accuracy of the data included in this atlas, any related
materials, or the functioning of the software. The act of distribution shall
not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the PDC
in the use of these data, software, or related materials. The inclusion of
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The Pacific Disaster Center is a public/private partnership sponsored by the
PDC Program Office (ASD/C3I). The content of the information does not
necessarily reflect the position or policy of the U.S. Government and no
official Government endorsement should be inferred.
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