About the Center:
- The Geospatial Research and Applications Center (GRAC, pronounced as
"grace") at Auburn University is an interdisciplinary research center
focused on education, research, and outreach activities on the use of
geospatial technologies and data analytics to solve a broad array of
- GRAC faculty associates and students encompass
a wide variety of academic disciplines including information technology,
business, geography, Geographic Information Systems, and engineering.
- GRAC will strive to be a leader and catalyst for the use of geospatial
technologies and their applications in disaster mitigation and resiliency
thereby helping strengthen regional economies.
- To prepare for an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency, communities
need to have geospatial mapping of their infrastructure elements o Many of these
elements are not currently mapped or are not up-to-date
- The U.S.
federal government spends close to one billion dollars on mitigation efforts
every year on the coastal areas alone o More than 50% of the damage to critical
utility structures happens during the clean-up effort alone! Currently, each
utility company has print or electronic maps of the location of their equipment.
There is no information-sharing and little coordination between utility
companies and the clean-up contractors during the clean-up effort. o For the
private sector, disasters wreak havoc on business continuity.
- As one survey reports, 43% of businesses never reopened after a disaster.
Loss of critical infrastructure is a major reason for their closure. o There is
a lack of well trained people who can assess the damage after a disaster and
help in recovery efforts.
4th August 2011