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Towards using Volunteered Geographic Information to monitor post-disaster recovery in tourist destinations

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... Today, a variety of geographical features, including buildings and their functionality, land use and public transportation information are constantly added to OSM [16]. Such data allows local governments and communities to better perform risk assessment and emergency planning [17] [18] [19] and is routinely utilized for various disaster risk management applications [20] [21]. As of today, there are more than 5.5 million OSM users and one million contributors who generate more than 3 million changes every day, as well as specialized groups such as Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT-OSM) that conduct activities aimed at enriching OSM data to support emergency relief operations i . ...
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Over the last few decades, many countries, especially Caribbean island ones, have been challenged by the devastating consequences of natural disasters, which pose a significant threat to human health and safety. Timely information related to the distribution of vulnerable population and critical infrastructure are key for an effective disaster relief. OpenStreetMap (OSM) has repeatedly been shown to be highly suitable for disaster mapping and management. However, large portions of the world, including countries exposed to natural disasters, remain unmapped. In this study, we propose a methodology that relies on remotely sensed measurements (e.g. VIIRS, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-1) and derived classification schemes (e.g. forest and built-up land cover) to predict the completeness of OSM building footprints in three small island states (Haiti, Dominica and St. Lucia). We find that the combinatorial effects of these predictors explain up to 94% of the variation of the completeness of OSM building footprints. Our study extends the existing literature by demonstrating how remotely sensed measurements could be leveraged to evaluate the completeness of OSM database, especially in countries at high risk of natural disasters. Identifying areas that lack coverage of OSM features could help prioritize mapping efforts, especially in areas vulnerable to natural hazards and where current data gaps pose an obstacle to timely and evidence-based disaster risk management actions.
... Today, however, a variety of geographical features are constantly added to OSM's database, including buildings and their functionality, land use and public transportation information [15]. This data allows local governments and communities to better perform risk assessment and emergency planning [16][17][18] and is routinely utilized for various disaster risk management applications [19,20]. As of today, there are more than 5.5 million OSM users and one million contributors who generate more than 3 million changes every day. ...
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Over the last few decades, many countries, especially islands in the Caribbean, have been challenged by the devastating consequences of natural disasters, which pose a significant threat to human health and safety. Timely information related to the distribution of vulnerable population and critical infrastructure is key for effective disaster relief. OpenStreetMap (OSM) has repeatedly been shown to be highly suitable for disaster mapping and management. However, large portions of the world, including countries exposed to natural disasters, remain incompletely mapped. In this study, we propose a methodology that relies on remotely sensed measurements (e.g., Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-1) and derived classification schemes (e.g., forest and built-up land cover) to predict the completeness of OSM building footprints in three small island states (Haiti, Dominica and St. Lucia). We find that the combinatorial effects of these predictors explain up to 94% of the variation of the completeness of OSM building footprints. Our study extends the existing literature by demonstrating how remotely sensed measurements could be leveraged to evaluate the completeness of the OSM database, especially in countries with high risk of natural disasters. Identifying areas that lack coverage of OSM features could help prioritize mapping efforts, especially in areas vulnerable to natural hazards and where current data gaps pose an obstacle to timely and evidence-based disaster risk management.
... Over the last couple of years, OSM data repeatedly proved its potential for disaster applications, in the disaster response as well as the other phases of the disaster cycle (Palen et al. 2015;Dittus et al. 2016b;Eckle et al. 2017). The mapping activations that are supported by many volunteers with various levels of experience oftentimes raise questions related to the quality of the provided Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI). ...
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