Hazards and GIScience - Session I

Type: Paper
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
Sponsor Groups: Geographic Information Science and Systems Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon D1, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Bandana Kar, Michael Hodgson, Tom Cova
Chairs: Michael Hodgson


* * * CALL FOR PAPERS: 2018 AAG Meeting * * *

Session: Hazards and GIScience

With each major disaster, innovative applications of geographic information emerge. The convergence of technologies like social media, web-mapping, cloud computing, unmanned aerial systems, and location-based services is revolutionizing risk prediction, risk assessment and communication for emergency management and disaster response. At the same time, advancements are being made in modeling resilience, mapping hazards, and capturing real-time information from airborne and satellite platforms. The result is a rapid change in the technological context for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

Although not in the direct path of hurricanes Harvey and Irma that caused significant damage to the Southeastern United States, New Orleans has been dealing with the adverse impacts of both coastal and inland flooding given its location along the coast. Because AAG 2018 will be held in New Orleans, and given that every continent has experienced extreme events in 2017, the sessions for 2018 are dedicated to the broader theme of integrating GIScience concepts and applications to building resilient communities and infrastructures. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Methods for modeling and mapping hazardscapes, risk, and vulnerability
* Spatial decision support systems in emergency management
* Dynamic geographic modeling in emergencies
* GIS/RS applications in mitigation, preparedness, response, or recovery
* The role of geographic information science and data in building community and infrastructure resilience
* Uncertainty in geographic data and modeling in emergencies
* Big data quality and its impact on emergency management activities
* Social media usage in response and recovery efforts
* Citizen science and its role in emergencies
* The dynamics of hazards and their impact on physical and social environments
* Role of remote sensing in disaster informatics, including exploitation of big data and dense satellite time-series.
* The intersection of climate change and hazards


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Alex Merkovic-Orenstein*, Action Against Hunger, GIS in responding to drought and food insecurity in West Africa : What’s worked so far? 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Bradley Wilson*, University of Arkansas, Examining multi-scale spatial heterogeneity of vulnerability indicators in rural Nepal 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Joseph Holler*, Middlebury College, Validating and applying social vulnerability indices with crowd-sourced data during natural disasters: the case of Hurricane Harvey 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Fanny Di Tursi*, , Exploratory method for an evaluation of accessibility in case of a flooding in Paris region 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Plattard Odile*, UMR 8504 Géographie-cités, Evacuation of coastal populations in a multi‐risks context: comparison of scenarios implemented in an agent-based simulation model 20 9:20 AM

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