GIS Articles and Data Links on Attacks


Mappers Help:


GIS at Ground Zero - spatial technology in the Trade Center response and recovery, Bruce Cahan and Matt Ball, GeoWorld, Jan 2002


Helping Hands - GIS played a critical role in the aftermath of September's terrorist attacks, Dan Page, Government Technology, Jan 2002


New York City--Creating a Disaster Management GIS on the Fly - the inside story of helping out, ArcNews, Winter, 2002


Geographer's Maps Helped Ground Zero Crew - Sean Ahearn of Hunter College tells his story, Nik Bonopartis, Poughkeepsie Journal


Beyond 2000: Satellite Capabilities Enhance Critical Response - Victoria Fung, Imaging Notes, Sept/Oct 2001


Applying geology at the World Trade Center - cross-sections of bore holes make a difference at WTC, GeoTimes, Nov 2001


How Will GIS Help Fight the War on Terrorism - Jerry Dobson, GeoWorld, Nov 2001


United in Purpose Spatial Help in the Aftermath - spatial technologies in the Sept 11 aftermath - Scottie Barnes, Geospatial Solutions, Nov 2001


From 5,000 Feet Up, Mapping Terrain for Ground Zero Workers - Kennth Chang, New York Times, Sept 23, 2001


Gov't. Buys Satellite War Zone Photos - John J. Lumpkin, Associated Press, October 15, 2001


GIS in the Trenches - Adena Schutzberg interviewed GIS staffers onsite, GIS Monitor, Sept 26, 2001


Geospatial Community Rallies in Wake of Terrorist Attack -'s coverage, Oct, 2001


Mapping Ground Zero - The speed and precision of laser instrumentation helps in the recovery, reconstruction, and redesign efforts in New York and Washington, D.C., Josh Kern, Professional Surveyor, Nov 2001

Attack on America - How Surveying Technology Assisted in Rescue Efforts at the World Trade Center, Michael W. Michelsen, Jr., Professional Surveyor, Nov 2001


Data and Mapping Sites:


GI GOES TO WAR - Imagery for surveillance and intelligence over Afghanistan new - Gordon Petrie, GINews, Nov 2001 


Geography Network Data


Manhattan Before and After: ESRI tool to compare imagery online, very cool

Newly updated map shows global impact of terror attacks -  USA Today, Oct 2, 2001

Telemorphic Launches Free Afghanistan Web Mapping Site - Nov 2, 2001


Public Information Beamed Down by U.S. Satellites Might Be Used by Potential Adversaries - Kelly Young,

Mapping agency blocks access, postpones outsourcing pact  - NIMA pulls maps as securtiy precaution - Jason Peckenpaugh, Government Exec, Sept 25, 2001

Some US Agencies Pull Data from Web - commonly available data pulled,, Oct 5, 2001

Secrecy Foe Joins U.S. Move to Scrub Data on Web - Jim Wolf, Rueters, Oct 11, 2001

Nuke Panel to Edit Web Site - H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press, October 15, 2001

Military Secrets Posted on Internet - Josh Gerstein,, October 16, 2001


Wireless tech goes to work in search for survivors - Dibya Sarkar, Federal Computer Week, Oct 1, 2001

BART Tunnels Wiring Win Likely the Result of Sept. 11 Phone Usage -, Oct 10, 2001

The Web:

Web sites that worked - which websites did the job following the tragedy, Christopher J. Dorobek, Federal Computer Week, Oct 1, 2001


Pentagon Denies GPS to Taliban - some claim it's already happened,Declan McCullagh,  Wired, Oct 20, 2001

Homeland Security:

Mainstreaming GIS crucial to more sharing - the place of database storage of GIS data in sharing for homeland security, Brian Robinson, Federal Computer Week, June 24, 2002. This article is part of a supplement devoted to Homeland Security

Bioterrorism: GIS Can Help Fight a New Threat - the role of GIS in the new world, Michael Popovich, Reno Fiedler, Stefanie Fiedler and James Massee, GeoWorld, July 2002

Building America's Anti-Terror Machine - The role of GIS and mapping in the fight. Stuart F. Brown, Fortune, July 22, 2002

What We Learned:

One Year After: A USGS Perspective - what USGS learned and how the organization will move forward, Barbara J. Ryan, GeoSpatial Solutions, Sept 2002

The Lessons of 9/11 - chairman and CEO of the EarthData reports on the take aways from meetings, Bryan Logan, GeoSpatial Solutions, Sept 2002