Location data help U.N. office with disaster planning, response

09/27/2011 | Directions Magazine

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs uses location data to help others understand the risks of natural disasters and to help with the planning of disaster-response efforts. The group can also factor in other threats, such as potential political clashes, in its analyses. Once a disaster occurs, the organization works to refine its data to help find gaps in the humanitarian services being provided.

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