About PDC Atlas
Pacific Disaster Center's Natural Hazards and Vulnerabilities Atlas is a powerful decision support application for disaster management and humanitarian assistance organizations around the world.
Governments and organizations charged with disaster management are seeking innovative and comprehensive decision support systems, as well as better information and easier access to information about past, present and potential disasters. PDC's Atlases answer these needs.
The Atlases contain information on major hazards, both "active" and "historical," including tropical cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, floods, and wildfires. They provide decision makers with the needed geospatial context for assessing risks and communicating about natural hazards and the exposure that people and infrastructure have to these hazards. The Atlases support activities across the disaster management cycle including hazard assessment, early warning, and response and recovery operations.
Pacific Disaster Center's Natural Hazards Atlases can aid in answering questions such as:
- What hazards are likely to occur in a given region?
- How often will they occur and how intense will they be?
- Where are the current hazard events and what areas have they impacted?
- How many people might be affected?
- What is the potential impact on regional infrastructure?
Legacy Atlas Products
The Asia Pacific Edition, the original edition in the Atlas family, includes all the traditional information contained in the Global Edition, but presented with a "Pacific-centric" view for situational awareness across the Pacific Basin. More than half the world's population lives in the Asia Pacific area on about one-fifth of the earth's land. As natural disasters increase in both intensity and severity around the world, the Asia Pacific region continues to suffer a disproportionate number of hazard events and related losses of lives, infrastructure, stability and economic progress. In 2006 alone, there were 457 significant natural disasters in the world (up from about 125 in 1975) and 187 of them, over 40 percent, took place in Asia. In that same year, over 88 percent of those adversely affected by natural disasters and nearly 60 percent of those killed were in Asia.
The Hawaii Edition, a focused regional atlas, contains highly detailed information for the State of Hawaii. Building on the capture of historical and near-real-time hazards, local observations and forecasts such as Doppler radar and wind and temperature forecasts are added. High-resolution satellite imagery combined with comprehensive infrastructure data such as emergency services, public facilities, transportation and utilities, lays the foundation for risk and vulnerability assessments and hazard modeling. The results are placed in the context of detailed regional data, providing an accurate and actionable picture of the people and property potentially at risk from hazards.