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AGI and USGS aid tsunami disaster relief through Global GIS map

In light of the recent tsunami disaster in Indonesia and other parts of Asia, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the American Geological Institute (AGI), is providing copies of the Global GIS DVD-ROM to U.S. Department of State-led teams traveling to Humanitarian Information Centers in affected areas.

The Global GIS, a large digital map database, provides datasets of historical seismicity, topography, geology, population density, roads, political boundaries, airfields and utility lines, among others. These datasets will benefit teams working in areas struck by the tsunami by supplying basic reference points for people working on the relief effort. The base maps are manageable at a nominal scale of 1:1 million and are easy to manipulate.