Construction of GIS Contents at KBS(Korea Broadcasting System) Disaster Broadcasting Center

GBS Korea has built contents that can update, visualize and use disaster information in real time at KBS Disaster Broadcasting Center.

Disaster Status Dashboard: Special New Alert

Korea has four distinct seasons and has various climate environments, so we should prepare for various types of disasters.,The frequency of typhoons increases every year, and the concentration of ultra-fine dust and fine dust is increasing the number of days that show health-threatening levels. Recently, the risk of earthquakes on the Korean peninsula has become recognizable. Therefore, it is very important to reduce casualties and property losses by predicting weather changes that cause disasters.

KBS Disaster Broadcasting Center, as the host broadcaster of disaster broadcasting, has introduced the ArcGIS platform to deliver increasingly large and difficult-to-predict natural disaster information more quickly and accurately. In particular, GBS Korea has built a system that automates the visualization of dashboard content and disaster information that displays and monitors the status of disasters on the screen in real time.

Through previous projects, data for each type of disaster was linked to disaster broadcasting, but the data itself was not accessible and low utilization, so the GBS Korea focused on strengthening the visualization elements of data and expressing them in real time using the ArcGIS platform.

In the event of a disaster, the existing disaster broadcasting system had to display the data in the broadcasting system graphically, so it was difficult to provide the location information immediately without being able to accurately indicate the location. In addition, instead of expressing infrastructures around the disaster site, only general weather graphics could be transmitted. In response, GBS Korea provided the following solutions:


  • Introduction of ArcGIS Platform and Enterprise Geodatabase (SDE)
  • Automate the process to convert data loaded into GIS data in a general database
  • Create a specialized theme chart for each disaster type and establish real-time GIS data to be prepared at all times
  • Update the status of each disaster in real time using ArcGIS Dashboards
  • Implement 3D visualization to facilitate visual understanding of disaster sites and impact ranges
  • Broadcast preparation mode support such as cue sheets so that each reporter can prepare for the broadcast(WebApp Builder)
  • Applying the latest web technology to ensure fast operation and responsiveness during broadcasting

Disaster status dashboard and broadcasting pages

Disaster Status Dashboard: Fine Dust
Wildfire Broadcasting in 2D
Wildfire Broadcasting in 3D

In September 2020, when Typhoon Maysak hit the Korean peninsula, we updated the typhoon information in real time and visualized the impact area in 3D and used it for KBS disaster broadcasting. The current and expected location, and influence radius of the real-time typhoon announced by the Korea Meteorological Administration are visualized to be easy for viewers to understand through ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Data Interoperability, which are automatically displayed without any operation during the broadcast preparation process.

<Maysak’ Route to check at a glance through Geographic Information System>

In March 2021, the worst yellow sand occurred for the first time in six years. Air quality information, which is automatically updated hourly, is visualized in point-by-point concentrations on the Fine Dust Dashboard on the KBS Disaster Status Board. The numbers measured at each station are distributed using interpolation, which is updated in real time for use in the news.

<It’s already been 6 days… Why is the uninvited yellow dust so frequent?>

Expected effect

  • Accurate coverage can be delivered to facilities around the disaster site.
  • An effective delivery of the scope of disaster impacts ensures national security
  • Real-time operation on the touchscreen for dynamic broadcasting
  • Use real-time disaster data API to effectively link with other systems