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Plenary 4: Understanding Disasters - Geospatial Technologies in Risk Reduction and Disaster Management
Time: Monday, 27/Aug/2012: 4:40pm - 6:10pm
Location: Davos
plenary hall

SESSION CHAIR: Russ JOHNSON - Director of Public Safety - ESRI - Redlands - USA


  • Jeff BARANYI - Public Safety Technology Lead - ESRI - Broomfield - USA
  • Heather BELL - Science Advisor - Pacific Disaster Center - Kihei - Hawaii - USA
  • Russ JOHNSON - Director of Public Safety - ESRI - Redlands - USA
  • Ryan LANCLOS - Disaster Management Industry Manager - ESRI - Redlands - USA
  • Wendi PEDERSEN - GIS Analyst and Rapid Mapping Expert - UNOSAT - United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNITAR - Geneva - Switzerland
  • Joaquin RAMIREZ - Principal Consultant - DTS Wildfire - Orlando - USA

Chaired and supported by ESRI

Session Abstract

Nowadays, a large variety of tools and instruments is available to provide basic inputs for the analysis and assessment of risks and disasters. Information from different backgrounds and perspectives can be visualized in new, flexible ways and linked with comparative ease to other models, algorithms and tools. Geospatial technologies play an important role in risk reduction and disaster management. GIS and satellite imagery are indispensable tools in DRR, be it for hazard and risk analysis, characterization of vulnerability or assessment of damage. This information is useful, not only for prevention and preparedness, but also to reduce response time and enhance accuracy during the intervention and recovery phases of disasters. Crisis response imagery and related spatial information may greatly assist priority setting and resource allocation in DRR, and may speed up information exchange. This session will discuss how to use geospatial technologies, vulnerability modeling, data mining, and other emerging techniques, in order to add benefit to risk reduction and disaster management.

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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