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GIS and Homeland Security Education: Creating a Better Tomorrow in our Classrooms Today

  • David H. McIntyre
  • Andrew G. Klein
Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 94)

Abstract

The future stacks up to be a very dangerous place. To meet homeland security challenges, integrated solutions that cross discipline boundaries and incorporate new technologies like Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are required. Constructing an integrated homeland security curriculum in our classrooms today can help to shape a safer future. Developing such a curriculum that successfully incorporates the full potential of geospatial solutions including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) requires efforts on the part of GIS experts. These professionals must learn the challenges and the components of the solutions, and find ways to incorporate their expertise into those solutions and then convince experts in other disciplines who remain skeptical of unproven programs and unfamiliar technologies, of the potential benefits of integrating GIS into homeland security education.

Keywords

CBERNN threats (chemical, biological, explosive, radiological, nuclear and natural) critical infrastructure geographic information systems graduate education national scenarios taxonomy for homeland security 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David H. McIntyre
    • 1
  • Andrew G. Klein
    • 1
  1. 1.Texas A&M UniversityUSA

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