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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?

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Many at Google, Carnegie Mellon, NOAA and NASA are acknowledged for this effort; see http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~globalconn/rricredits.html for recognition of these individuals.

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For more on Google Earth see pages 763 and 776.

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Nourbakhsh, I., Sargent, R., Wright, A. et al. Mapping disaster zones. Nature 439, 787–788 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1038/439787a

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