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Mapping the disaster: global prediction and the medium of ‘digital earth’

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Journal publication date11/2006
JournalLeonardo Electronic Almanac
Journal number7-8
Volume14
Number of pages0
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper explores the mapping of disaster in digital prediction models. Concentrating on the imminent disaster of climate change, the author asks how global digital models can be expanded to incorporate a wild nature and wild data. This theme is considered through an examination of the ‘nature’ of disaster and its reportage, GISs and their extension into physical space, the language of climate change, and the role of digital machines in these experiments with climate. The author concludes with an examination of expanded forms of mapping to suggest possible reconfigurations of the terms of the disaster.