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ArcGIS Exercise: Tsunami Runup Analysis


Approximately 60 minutes

Course Description:

The course "Tsunami Runup Analysis" is designed to give you a basic understanding of how to apply ArcGIS geographic information system tools, including the Model Builder, to analyze the effects of a tsunami scenario on emergency shelters and public schools, and to estimate the potential evacuation population. It is an exercise in tutorial format, with step-by-step instructions utilizing data for the island of O`ahu.

The exercise requires access to ArcGIS ArcView version 9.1, 9.2, or later, and the Spatial Analyst extension. Evaluation copies of the software are available at the following URL:

This course was created by Pacific EMPRINTS, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Anthropology. Creation of the course was funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Grant No. T01HP6427-0100.


The material covered in this course is related, in part, to the following capabilities from the Homeland Security Target Capabilities List:
  1. Common: Communications
  2. Common: Planning
  3. Prevent: Information Gathering and Recognition of Indicators & Warnings
  4. Prevent: Information Sharing and Dissemination
  5. Prevent: Intelligence Analysis and Production
  6. Respond: Critical Resource Logistics & Distribution
  7. Respond: Emergency Public Information and Warning
  8. Respond: Mass Care (Sheltering, Feeding, Related services)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Utilize GIS tools and the ArcGIS Model Builder together with elevation data to automate the process of tsunami hazard and evacuation zone mapping
  2. Use GIS overlay operations within ArcGIS Model Builder to combine tsunami hazard zones with emergency shelters, schools, and population data
  3. Apply GIS query and selection operations to calculate estimates of evacuation populations
  4. Apply GIS query and selection operations to identify and map usable and unusable shelters

Target Audiences:

Administrators, Emergency/Disaster Planners, Other Public Health personnel

Certificate of Completion:

A Certificate of Completion is available to be printed for this course upon completion of the post-test with a score of 80% or higher.

Cost: FREE*

*subject to change without notice.