An Integrated Support System for Disaster Prevention Map-Making Using Town-Walk Information Gathering

  • Sojo Enokida
  • Takashi YoshinoEmail author
  • Taku Fukushima
  • Kenji Sugimoto
  • Nobuyuki Egusa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11000)


Throughout Japan, numerous disaster prevention maps have been made over time using the method of town-walk. This method will assist in disaster prevention and enable a greater understanding of the disaster prevention field. The development of these maps increases disaster awareness, improves the self-help ability of individuals, and increases cooperation amongst local communities. Currently, there is a support system for developing conventional disaster prevention maps; however, no maps have been designed using the town-walk method. Therefore, in this paper, we present an integrated support system for making disaster prevention maps using the information gathered by the town-walk method. We conducted a comparison experiment between the proposed system and the conventional system (using paper maps). This experiment demonstrated that a consistent support function would be effective in developing disaster prevention maps using the town-walk method. We also confirmed that the proposed system improves disaster awareness among individuals, understanding of the area, and the conventional system.


Disaster prevention map Town-walk WebGIS Disaster prevention awareness 



In the development and evaluation of the system, we received a great deal of cooperation from Mr. Akio Nakasuji, the Research Center for Disaster Science Education, Wakayama University. We will show my gratitude here.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wakayama UniversityWakayama-CityJapan
  2. 2.Osaka Institute of TechnologyOsakaJapan

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