Special Issue "Geoinformation for Disaster Risk Management"


A special issue of ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information (ISSN 2220-9964).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2015

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Christoph Aubrecht
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Donau-City-Str. 1, A-1220 Vienna, Austria
The World Bank, Urban and Disaster Risk Management, LCSDU, Washington, DC, USA
Website: http://homepage.univie.ac.at/christoph.aubrecht/
E-Mail: christoph.aubrecht@ait.ac.at
Interests: integration of GIS and remote sensing; population modeling; risk and vulnerability; disaster management; spatio-temporal aspects

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Recent advancements in the field of geoinformation/geospatial technologies (GIT) which includes GIS, mobile mapping, volunteered geographic information (VGI), remote sensing and spatial analysis in line with increased global awareness of the topic (see UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction), have resulted in a strong promotion of an integrated and applied perspective on GIScience in disaster risk research. Locational aspects have increasingly been considered essential in the aim of building disaster resilient communities, through coordinated international action, by promoting increased situational risk awareness as an integral component of sustainable development.

With disasters and disaster management being an “inherently spatial” problem, geographic information and related tools and technologies, applied for data interpretation and information dissemination, can provide insight and decision support in all aspects of integrated disaster risk and crisis management and offer the basis for estimating and mapping risk, for determining damage potentials and impacted areas, for evacuation planning, for resource distribution during recovery, and for risk communication to involved stakeholders. Applications and challenges that GIScience and GIT are able to tackle in that regard include the representation, analysis, and cognition of geographic information, as well as associated spatio-temporal dynamics and uncertainties. Recent improvements in information and model interoperability, as well as inter-accessibility through new data sharing, crowdsourcing, and integration initiatives, add to this agenda.

Dr. Christoph Aubrecht
Guest Editor


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  • exposure, vulnerability, and risk modeling for decision support
  • spatial disaster event databases
  • crowdsourcing and volunteered geographic information (vgi) in a disaster and crisis context and related geospatial modeling aspects
  • risk communication supported by geospatial mapping techniques
  • promotion of situational awareness in terms of communicating the actual spatial aspects and associated implications in a crisis context
  • near-real time mapping for response
  • crisis mapping and geovisualization
  • location technologies
  • data sharing initiatives for crisis and disaster management
  • interoperability aspects regarding disaster-related geodata
  • disaster and crisis related issues in spatial data infrastructures
  • webmapping for disaster and crisis support
  • spatio-temporal modeling
  • future challenges for disaster risk related geoinformation management

Published Papers

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Last update: 8 July 2014

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