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Geo-information Technology for Crisis Management


This page contains all the information that is provided during the lectures. Starting with an introduction about this course, you will be guided through the different subjects that are discussed during the 7 lectures. Each lecture contains slides, additional lecture notes and readings. These notes and readings can be found in Readings in the menu. By clicking on the links below, you can download the slides per lecture.

Lecture 1: Risk and Emergency Management


This lecture is an introduction to disaster management in which a general description disaster management is given. The lecture starts with a description of the different types of disasters and the forthcoming challenges when trying to manage them. Then the risk vulnerability is discussed and finally the difference between Risk Management and Emergency response is explained.


Lecture 2: Organisational aspects of Crisis Response


In this lecture the Dutch emergency management and the processes are discussed. The teacher gives an overview of the various emergency responses and identified disasters that can occur on the mainland and the sea. The different procedures and emergency responses are reviewed and discussed.

Lecture 3: Use of Geo-information


In this lecture the teacher talks about the reason why geo-information is needed. After explaining how geo-information can be used for risk management and emergency response, the presentation ends with an overview of different types of geo-information that could be used.

Lecture 4: Communications and positioning

These lecture slides will soon be available. The readings are already online.

Lecture 5: Modelling and models


This lecture is about the importance of modelling of data for the entire Disaster Management Chains. .  Managing an incident requires a lot of data from all kind of actors and emergency services. By modelling this data people can understand it better and the data can be used for simulation and prediction. It also helps to develop context-aware applications that then can be used for good and effective Emergency Response.

Lecture 6: Crisis Mapping with Google

In this last lecture a guest has been invited. Ed Parsons is a Geospatial Technologist and he works for Google. He will speak about Google Earth and how this application can be used for Emergency Response, maps and other model based applications. As a Geospatial Technologist, Ed Parsons is involved in all kind of projects that can me used by mobile devices. This lecture has been recorded. Click on the link below to watch the lecture on Collegerama. 

Lecture 7: Serious Games

This is a guest lecture given by David Wortley, director of the Serious Games Institute. David Wortley explains about the technologies they develop to integrate physical and virtual worlds into one world. For example: with serious games it is possible to train emergency responders how to cope with certain situations in a virtual world. The knowledge they gain by playing the serious game, can later be used in the physical world.



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