Remote Sensing And Geo-Information For Environmental Emergencies

Geomatics technologies are able to support management and recovery in the aftermath of manmade and natural disasters. However, disaster management also poses big challenges in all aspects of the geo-information cycle, from data acquisition, processing, management and delivery. For the sixth time, the International Symposium on Geo-information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM) brings together researchers, developers, data providers and users from all over the world to discuss these challenges.

Papers that deal with any aspect of geomatics technologies suitable for crisis management are invited. Authors should focus on the methodologies, tools, functionality, and/or interfaces that are being or should be provided to National and/or International Organizations involved with crisis response and management.

Invitation is also open for contributions that cover crisis management in any phase, intersection of phases, and/or integration of phases of Planning, Training, Mitigation, Detection, Alerting, Response, Recovery, and Assessment.

The language of the conference is English.

Anticipating the obvious and growing importance of geoinformation for disaster and risk management a separate group of researchers, professionals and vendors have begun a worldwide discussion on collection, management, analysis, sharing and visualization of geo-information. The Gi4DM is coordinated by the ISPRS Ad hoc Committee on Risk and Disaster Management, Working Group 1 (Disaster) of the ISPRS Commission VIII (Remote Sensing and Policies) and Working Group 8 (3D Spatial Data Integration for Disaster Management and Environmental Monitoring) of the ISPRS Commission IV (Geodatabases and Digital Mapping).

Five editions of these symposia have taken place in Delft, The Netherlands, March 2005, in Goa, India, September 2006, in Toronto, Canada, May 2007, in Harbin, China, February 2008 and in Prague, Czech Republic, January 2009. The fundamental goal of the symposia was to begin a dialogue on the disaster management problems in their entirety by considering geospatial technologies applicable for emergency and disaster management, as well as particular user requirements for spatial data and standards.