Software companies are integrating geographic information systems (GIS) technology and social media to map people’s tweets and other social media platforms with geospatial data.
GIS paired with social media has been used in every major disaster over the past two years.
Mitchell, the ownder of a successful GIS technology firm, says the feelings of confusion and powerlessness can be nearly overwhelming in a disaster situation and the ability to connect with others and share experiences so that you don’t feel so alone is very important.
GIS technology can transform society through better decision-making using a geographic perspective and has become an essential tool for natural disaster research to predict damage as well as assessing post-disaster damage.
JinGu Lee, Vertices, research intern, email@example.com