The coastal villages of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu were heavily impacted by the 2004 tsunami in the region as well as cyclones. To help the region prepare for future devastating disasters, an international effort helped to map the hazards and provide plans to lessen future disasters.
Researchers recently used geographic information systems (GIS) to analyse and map the range and preferred habitat of Asian elephants. These elephants number 40,00 in Asia's mainland and roughly 1,500 in peninsular Malaysia. The elephants are struggling to maintain numbers in evolving landscapes and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) indicates that species is engangered.
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal took over 8,600 lives and injured over 16,800 people, destroyed or damaged over 760,000 homes – directly impacting over 3.8 million people – as well as many schools and government buildings.
The Australian Group AAM has fored a joint venture called AAM Sky Geospatial Solutions and plans to invest $10 million to help develop the Indian market. The company brings vertical solutions for government, planning and oil and gas. The arrangement is a 50/50 joint venture with Hyderabad-based Skye IT Solutions.
Kozhikode, a city on the Malabar Coast in India's Kerala state, is undertaking a comprehensive mapping effort. The data will be added to a geographic information system (GIS) that will include roads, government offices, educational institutions, water bodies, and heritage sites.