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Geographic information systems put data in the hands of designers, relief agencies, and policy makers, helping them plot recovery efforts, anticipate the effects of climate change, and create more livable urban environments. GIS is not only a tool for responding to natural disasters. Architects, engineers, urban planners and policy-makers can use GIS software to design new cities, understand the impact of new development on increasingly strained infrastructure and eco-systems, anticipate the effects of climate change, or to identify existing sites for developing urban parks. Only computing power and interoperability stand in the way.

The entire green building team as well as clients and government personnel, and anyone interested in tools used in the integrated design process, would benefit from this article.

Objectives

1. Discuss how geographic information systems (GIS) can be used as a disaster-response planning tool and to help anticipate the affects of climate change.
2. Explain how designers are deploying GIS to study the relationship between development and urban infrastructure needs.
3. Describe how GIS can help identify sites with renewable energy potential.
4. Describe the limitations of GIS.

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