Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • Commentary
  • Published:

Mapping disaster zones

Google Earth software proved effective during relief efforts in New Orleans and Pakistan, say Illah Nourbakhsh and colleagues. Is there more to be gained than lost from opening up disaster operations to the wider public?

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout


Many at Google, Carnegie Mellon, NOAA and NASA are acknowledged for this effort; see for recognition of these individuals.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Additional information

For more on Google Earth see pages 763 and 776.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Cite this article

Nourbakhsh, I., Sargent, R., Wright, A. et al. Mapping disaster zones. Nature 439, 787–788 (2006).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing