Disaster Mapping and NRDMS – Geo-spatial applications for Good Governance

The wrath of natural disasters on the face of the earth has been witnessed for millions of years. From the meteor that wiped out the dinosaur race, to the 2010 Haiti earthquake which took approximately 316,000 lives and displaced million (Live Science, 2018). Closer home in India, the 2001 earthquake hit multiple regions of Gujarat […]

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Revisiting Traditional Gender Identities in Disaster Response

From the late 1990s several scholars have highlighted how women are more vulnerable to the impacts of different disasters due to their reproductive and care-giving roles. This monolithic representation of women as ‘victims’ has later been challenged by different scholars (cf.Hydman and deAlwis, 2003; Ruwanpura, 2008; Gandhi, 2010; Enarson, 2012). Feminists from the Majority World […]

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Land Use and Natural Disasters

Natural phenomena are largely benevolent and are beneficial to society. However, at times these are of severe intensity and thus become hazardous. When societies fail to cope with hazards they turn into disasters. It is ironical that on one hand improved hazard monitoring, early warning system and disaster management practices have helped in mitigating adverse […]

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The Chennai 2015 Floods

Climatic conditions and processes change over space and time. Nearly 70 per cent of the earth’s surface is covered by oceans. Both land and oceans have different characteristics in terms of their heating and cooling capacities, resulting in differences in atmospheric pressure, temperature and relative humidity. In addition to the massive ice-sheets over the Arctic […]

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Science and Disaster Mitigation

The Uttarakhand disaster exposed the gap that exists between science and disaster decision making. Scientific alerts had little impact on the governmental mechanisms. On the other hand that very divide, once bridged, led to a successful evacuation operation in the case of cyclone Phailin. It is thus important to study the linkages between science and […]

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