Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information (CINDI)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 March 2000

Citation

(2000), "Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information (CINDI)", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 9 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/dpm.2000.07309aag.002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited


Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information (CINDI)

ALL HAZARDS

Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information (CINDI)

http://cindi.usgs.gov

The US Geological Survey (USGS) extensively monitors and evaluates threats posed by many natural hazards. Its resources include a global seismic network, a national streamflow monitoring program, regional volcano observatories, and long-standing interagency partnerships in disaster mitigation and response. To help synthesize the vast amount of information available on hazards, the USGS has created the Center for Integration of Natural Disaster Information (CINDI), a research facility for:

  • developing and evaluating technology for information integration and dissemination;

  • performing research in data integration, analysis, modelling, and decision support; and

  • supporting the ongoing evolution of the USGS processing and delivery of hazards data.

The CINDI Web site provides background information about the center and serves as "a gateway to information about natural hazards and disasters". The center itself selects individual disasters as case studies. The current focus is Hurricane Mitch, and this site incorporates much information about that disaster, including a "Central America Disaster Atlas" with multiple maps and map overlays displaying the effects of the storm.