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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(3), 1201-1224; doi:10.3390/ijgi4031201

Prototype of a Web-based Participative Decision Support Platform in Natural Hazards and Risk Management

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Institute of Earth Sciences (ISTE), University of Lausanne, Géopolis, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: Luciene Delazari and Wolfgang Kainz
Received: 23 December 2014 / Revised: 25 May 2015 / Accepted: 1 June 2015 / Published: 14 July 2015
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Abstract

This paper presents the current state and development of a prototype web-GIS (Geographic Information System) decision support platform intended for application in natural hazards and risk management, mainly for floods and landslides. This web platform uses open-source geospatial software and technologies, particularly the Boundless (formerly OpenGeo) framework and its client side software development kit (SDK). The main purpose of the platform is to assist the experts and stakeholders in the decision-making process for evaluation and selection of different risk management strategies through an interactive participation approach, integrating web-GIS interface with decision support tool based on a compromise programming approach. The access rights and functionality of the platform are varied depending on the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in managing the risk. The application of the prototype platform is demonstrated based on an example case study site: Malborghetto Valbruna municipality of North-Eastern Italy where flash floods and landslides are frequent with major events having occurred in 2003. The preliminary feedback collected from the stakeholders in the region is discussed to understand the perspectives of stakeholders on the proposed prototype platform. View Full-Text
Keywords: web-GIS; decision making; participative decision support platform; disaster risk management; natural hazards; compromise programming, multi-criteria methods web-GIS; decision making; participative decision support platform; disaster risk management; natural hazards; compromise programming, multi-criteria methods
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Aye, Z.C.; Jaboyedoff, M.; Derron, M.-H.; van Westen, C.J. Prototype of a Web-based Participative Decision Support Platform in Natural Hazards and Risk Management. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4, 1201-1224.

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