Geographers help map devastation in Haiti

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UB geography students are participating in a global effort to enhance the international response and recovery effort to the earthquake in Haiti by helping to assess damage using images hosted by Google Earth and the Virtual Disaster Viewer, which shares imagery of disasters from various sources.

Eight graduate and undergraduate students are conducting the research under the direction of Chris Renschler, associate professor of geography, in his Landscape-based Environmental Systems Analysis and Modeling Laboratory (LESAM) in the Department of Geography, College of Arts and Sciences.

A research scientist with the UB site of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, Renschler also is a member of the Remote Sensing Task Force of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER), headquartered at UB. The task force is conducting research on the resilience of communities to extreme events; that is, how well they can recover after a disaster.

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