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Susan Cutter interviewed by Emergency Management

Susan Cutter, a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography, was recently interviewed by Emergency Management magazine about the evolving role of hazards mapping in emergency management. Emergency Management magazine aims to bring together important news and developments for emergency management, public safety, and homeland security stakeholders.

In a recent interview with Emergency Management, Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography Susan Cutter highlighted the importance of GIS hazard mapping. In the article, Cutter describes the changing nature of hazard mapping as it shifted from simply mapping the event itself to attempting to understand the interactions between people and their environment. This shift has resulted in GIS being used to analyze and promote situational awareness, as well as informing tasks such as where to preposition relief assets before an event. New forms of data are also being incorporated, most notably social media data that Cutter describes as using 'citizens as sensors'. Despite these advances, Cutter cautions that basic cartographic challenges remain - choices of symbology, for example, can wreak havoc on emergency management operations. Click here to see the full article.