alexa Development of a computer workstation for famine early warning and food security.


Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology

Author(s): Marsh SE, Hutchinson CF, Pfirman EE, Des Rosiers SA, van der Harten C, Marsh SE, Hutchinson CF, Pfirman EE, Des Rosiers SA, van der Harten C

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Abstract Beginning in 1990, the University of Arizona, Arizona Remote Sensing Center (ARSC) has been involved in a collaborative effort with the Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) and the Remote Sensing Center of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in designing and developing an integrated computer workstation for famine early warning. The goal of the project is to provide food security analysts with a set of computer tools to manage a very large and diverse set of data for predicting the onset of food security emergencies for every country on Earth. The initial stage of the project involved the conceptual definition of system elements and the development of overall system architecture. We are now developing an open, flexible, and portable system designed to significantly assist the work of the analysts. System architecture provides a task-specific and user-friendly graphic user interface (GUI) within a Windows environment that will link image processing, geographic information system (GIS), spreadsheet, text, and graphics software packages into a single operational environment. A relational database management system (RDBMS) is serving as the back-end of the workstation to facilitate data storage and retrieval and as a means to preserve analysis methodologies.
This article was published in Disasters and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology

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