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For the last 10 years, spatial researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth have been collaborating with local governments to help them prepare for the worst that nature might throw at them. These researchers, part of U-Spatial @UMD, provide the information communities need to draw up effective hazard mitigation plans, which help communities reduce or eliminate the long-term risks caused not just by fires, floods, and tornadoes, but, landslides, hailstorms, coastal erosion, and extreme temperatures.

Read more in the Inquiry blog's Planning for Disaster: Spatial Research Guides Local Governments.