disaster response damage assessment Articles

  • Data Mining Disaster

    Computer technology that can mine data from social media during times of natural or other disaster could provide invaluable insights for rescue workers and decision makers, according to an international team writing in the International Journal of Emergency Management. Adam Zagorecki of the Centre for Simulation and Analytics, at Cranfield University, Shrivenham, UK and David Johnson of Missouri ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Early warning of disasters: Facts and figures

    Lucy Pearson looks at early warning systems for disasters, their uses and limits, and what accounts for the gap between warning and action. Through history disasters have destroyed lives and livelihoods, killing people and damaging homes and businesses. Disasters in the past 35 years have taken an estimated 2.5 million lives and cost more than US$1.5 billion, mainly in developing ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • A Methodological Approach to Land Use-Based Flood Damage Assessment in Urban Areas: Prague Case Study

    In recent years, extreme river flooding has occurred in several regions of Europe. This phenomenon, which includes the dramatic flood events in central Europe in summer 2002, is mainly due to an increase in the vulnerability of regions to flooding. As a result, there is currently great public interest in this issue, and it is necessary to intensify research activities in order to understand ...


  • Using disaster warning tools to their best potential

    Stronger links between scientific tools and the environment in which they operate can improve the effectiveness of early warning. To say there is a lot riding on disaster management is an understatement. The lives and livelihoods lost, as well as extensive damage, underscore the human, ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • A Spill on Tradition - How Lubicon Lake Nation is coping with disaster

    Resource development often conflicts with traditional land use and can be a source of frustration for many Aboriginal communities focused on protecting their traditional territories. In areas where oil and gas development is taking place, oil spills are not uncommon and many companies struggle to find local capacity to assist them in establishing both preventative and reactive planning to ensure ...


    By ECO Canada

  • Loss and Damage: Elements for Successful Negotiations at COP 19 in Warsaw

    Imagine you inherit a one-of-a-kind china vase from your great-grandmother. It’s a priceless family treasure, and there’s none other like it in the world. You take your responsibility for this heirloom very seriously by building a protective display case for it in your home. You also install burglar and fire alarms, and take out an expensive insurance policy that will pay you $10 ...

  • Emergency response possibilities at freight railway tunnel accidents

    Recent tunnel disasters in several Western European countries such as Switzerland (Gotthard tunnel, 2001) and Austria (Tauern tunnel, 1999), France/Italy (Mont Blanc tunnel, 1999) and Great Britain/France (Channel Tunnel, 1996) have made tunnel safety an area for special attention. In-depth investigations into these accidents focused on individual aspects of tunnel design and hazards. As regards ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Preparing for the Worst: Ten Relatively Easy and Inexpensive Things that Most Wastewater Systems Managers Can Still Do to Improve Thier Disaster Preparedness

    ABSTRACTHurricane Katrina in 2005 served as an emergency preparedness wake-up call for many agencies, including wastewater systems. That event provided some new lessons in utility disaster preparedness, but primarily provided reminders of previously-known lessons. Hurricane Katrina and other events have dramatized the potential impact of natural and man-made ...

  • Risk assessment in safety management of the semiconductor industry in Taiwan

    The high-technology industry has been developing in Taiwan for about 20 years and has become the biggest export industry in Taiwan with the third largest share of the world marked (after the USA and Japan). It not only produces high-tech talents and employment opportunities, but also demonstrates considerable overall growth and is advancing industrial and economic development. However, several ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Cyanide Spill at Baia Mare - Assessment Mission Report UNEP/OCHA

    Introduction On 30 January 2000, following a breach in the tailing dam of the Aurul SA Baia Mare Company, a major spill of cyanide-rich tailings waste was released into the river system near Baia Mare in north west Romania. The contaminant travelled via tributaries into the river Somes, Tisza and finally into the Danube before reaching the Black Sea. A team of international ...

  • Travel behaviours following the 2007 Gisborne earthquake: evidence for the use of simulation in earthquake research

    Travel behaviours were examined following the earthquake of 6.8 magnitude in Gisborne, New Zealand, on 20 December 2007. Surveys were returned from 438 households detailing their travel and information-seeking immediately after the earthquake. Although 85% of people experienced the earthquake at home, a volume of traffic that approximated peak weekday conditions was generated within an hour of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Responding to the 2007 Southern California fires

    California's hope for an uneventful 2007 fire season exploded on October 19th, as Southern California was ignited by massive wildfires. Fanned by Santa Ana winds in excess of 100 mph, thousands of acres of private and public property were soon destroyed. By October 21 damage was so severe and widespread that Governor Schwarzenegger proclaimed a State of Emergency in seven Southern California ...


    By FINN Corporation

  • Learning lessons from wildfires, from Texas to Brazil

    “This is unprecedented fire behavior. We’ve never seen conditions like this before. Not a single one of our firefighters has ever faced such extreme conditions.” This statement from the director of the Texas Forest Service makes it clear that the recent wildfires that scorched Texas belong in a new category of disaster. Already, the state’s wildfires this season ...

  • Evaluation of structural performance in the immediate aftermath of an earthquake: a case study of the 2011 Christchurch earthquake

    Immediately following an earthquake event, there is pressure for experts to provide information regarding what has just happened and why. What is reported in the media can influence the confidence within the society regarding the engineering profession, and may also influence policy that is established as a result of the event. Using the earthquake that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand, in ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • 5 Growing Extreme Weather Threats to America’s Cities

    Weather events have been dominating the news recently thanks to the “polar vortex” that caused record cold temperatures across the nation. But just a few months ago, the news was filled with other events: record rain and flooding in Colorado; destructive tornadoes in Oklahoma; widespread drought in the Southwest; and the sluggish recovery from Superstorm Sandy in New Jersey. Unlike ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Nebraska emergency management agency raises performance, saving time/money/energy with ESS` hosted solution

    For over 15 years, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has been using ESS crisis management software and services. NEMA is responsible for emergency planning and response across the state's 93 counties with about 37 full time employees and a few interns. Located in FEMA Region VII with Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, Nebraska faces severe blizzards, floods and storms each year ranking 5th ...


    By IHS

  • Joint action on climate change: Facts and figures

    Ilan Kelman examines the history, overlaps and conflicts between climate change, development and disasters. By the end of 2015, three global policy processes will have set the stage for how the world responds to major challenges facing humanity in the years to come. A voluntary agreement to tackle disasters was reached in ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Science and development highlights of 2012

    The year was marked by one of the most anticipated global environmental meetings in 20 years: the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The summit was a ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Flood risks and environmental vulnerability — Exploring the synergies between floodplain restoration, water policies and thematic policies

    Nowadays floodplain areas are reduced in size or no longer function as active floodplains, thereby impacting on the delivery of environmental services to local and regional communities and economies. These services include regulating services such as protection against floods or water purification; provisioning services, such as nutrient collection and fertile soil formation; and cultural ...

  • Building Resilient Cities

    A new dimension is taking root in the world of municipal infrastructure planning – the concept of resiliency. It’s not simply a case of hardening infrastructure to cope with infrequent shocks to the urban landscape wrought by extreme weather, flooding or widespread power outages. Some use the term ‘future proofing’. I prefer the concept of resiliency, because designing ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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