Title: Assessment of dispersion modelling and GIS mapping tools to support emergency response operations
Citation: Proceedings of the International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) 18th Annual Conference vol. 18 p. 231-244
Publisher: International Emergency Management Society, TIEMS Romanian Chapter
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC64291
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC64291
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The present study provides a review and an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of existing approaches of linking (chemical) dispersion models and Geographic Information System (GIS) visualisation tools, in order to provide recommendations to improve such tools in their use in Emergency/Disaster Response situations with chemical accidents. Four different software tools that provide dispersion modelling capabilities in combination with a GIS presentation and analysis module were evaluated. The following tools were assessed: PHAST (by DNV), EFFECTS (by TNO), CAMEO (by the US EPA) and Hazmat Responder (by SAFER Systems). The evaluation results for three sets of criteria were presented: consequence modelling, GIS application and data linking. As to improve the available tools, recommendations were formulated based on the evaluation.
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