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Hi dear community,
I am currently working on a project where I want to generate a 3D reconstructed model consisting of rubble piles (in consequence of a building collapse) via remote sensing. In my case, I employ LiDAR aerial laser scanner as well as aerial photogrammetry for point cloud generation of the disaster scene. The problem is that solely the surface of the scene that lies in the field of view can be reconstructed. However, in order to evaluate the structural behavior of the debris with regards to structural stability, I need to know how the collapsed elements are structured beneath the debris surface. Does somebody has an idea how I can proceed or has anybody conducted a related study? Is my objective even feasible?
Thank you in advance!
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Dear Amir,
I have worked with ground-based Lidar and with terrestrial GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar). Lidar can not penetrate a solid rubble pile and GPR does not work well on rubble, especially if the surface is irregular...
Respectfully yours, Joel
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I want to analyse flood in an area. I know of HEC-RAS, but can someone help me with a different software which is user friendly that can be used for flood analysis
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You can perform it on Arcgis also, there is so many hydrological tools are present
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The method of data collection will be an appraisal and evaluation of different disastrous situations. While the objectives is to;
1.      Identify possible causes of some disasters
2.      Investigate the effects of disasters on conditions, and essential lifeline services
3.      Analyze the effect of disasters on public services and Environmental Health Services
4.      Identify ways of Planning for effective management of environmental health services and resources in the event of a sudden natural disaster.
5.      The management of disaster-created environmental health conditions
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okay thanks, can you help me with some literature material
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I am searching for literature about the process of monitoring by leaders of a rapid response team during emergency situation (i.e. medical/ military of firefighting). What does a supervisor do when he/she monitor a subordinate? What are do or don’t for leaders in the monitoring process to ensure that his subordinates are fulfilling their expected task conform the roles?
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It may be helpful to search for firefighter accountability systems and processes. Firefighter accountability relates to keeping track of firefighters at a fire scene, in a structure, out, etc. 
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please mention the tools used and also how vulnerable a community is.
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Brownly, 
I believe you need to define multiple parameters before you choose the proper tool to asses communities' post-disaster vulnerability.
First, which dimension are you looking at; physical infrastructure, social, economic, or environmental? All of the three dimensions are impacted by disasters, and in fact amplify the disaster impact on the community. 
Moreover, you should also determine if you are looking for vulnerability due to exposure to risk (proximity to hazards) or due to internal/inherent properties of the community. Even though some vulnerability assessment tools account for both in the same model (Environmental Vulnerability Index), I believe it is crucial to define your need. Exposure to risk vulnerability assessment is mostly beneficial for choosing where to rebuild. While inherent vulnerability helps in determining factors that needs to be enhanced to decrease future vulnerability to hazards. 
Furthermore, the level of analysis. Most tools focus on aggregated vulnerability assessment; countries and cities (Economic Resilience Index for OCED countries). However, there are tools that can calculate and assess vulnerability on the block level (Social Vulnerability Index by Cutter et. al 2003). 
Below are a list of some of the tools that I would recommend for such assessment: 
Environmental:
  1. Environmental Vulnerability Index - http://www.vulnerabilityindex.net/  community level assessment for exposure and inherent vulnerability to hazards. 
  2. Environmental Sustainability Index - http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/data/collection/esi/  a more large scale assessment of communities' sustainability and resilience.
Social: 
  1. Social Vulnerability Index - http://webra.cas.sc.edu/hvri/products/sovi.aspx a community level vulnerability assessment to environmental hazards
  2. Disaster Resilience of place (DROP) - http://lbrr.covalentwords.com/assets/docs/33.pdf  a framework for enhancing community resilience to hazards.
Economic: 
  1. Economic Resilience Index - http://www.oecd.org/economy/growth/economic-resilience.htm a large scale resilience assessment for economic shocks (both natural and man made)
  2. Economic Resilience to Disaster (Rose 2007; 2009) - http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1747789107000555 an industry level resilience assessment to disaster. 
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Hi 
I'm looking for examples when impacts of major ecological disasters have been examined and lessons learned are well known and have been applied to mitigate similar events. many thanks for your help.
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Hi Adrian,
here's another example: After the devastating typhoon Haiyan that hit the central Philippines in 2013 storm-surge inundation maps were created, which helped to avoid a repeat disaster during a similarly strong typhoon a year later, see link below.
Best, Norman
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i want to do a research about planning mitigation for disabilities, especially for physical disability. I want to know the needs or the facilities for them during disaster
Thankyou :D
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Hi,
You can explore a research documentation from Handicap International- http://www.handicap-international.de/fileadmin/redaktion/pdf/disability_management.pdf
Also have time to read this research paper- http://www.preventionweb.net/files/9706_DisasterManagement.pdf
Hope this will solve your query.
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In terms of right to education, right to life, refugee etc. Do you offer any source?
I want to examine Syria Crisis and its effects to human rigths.
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Hello Erdi,
I think it would be important that you decide what type of disasters you would like to write about. If you are interested in the conflict in Syria, it would be good to look more closely at reports which deal with the protection of persons in conflict situations. I link a few sources below giving a human rights perspective to the topics you mention, perhaps they can help. Good luck!
1. Human rights in disaster situations
- Protection of persons in the event of disasters, studies from the International Law Commission: http://legal.un.org/ilc/guide/6_3.shtml
- UN Human Rights Council, Advisory Committee: human rights in post-disaster and post-conflict situations: 
- International Federation of the Red Cross, International Disaster Response Law:
2. Syria conflict
- Commission of Inquiry on Syria: 
- Reports from UN human rights mechanisms
- Reports from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty etc.
3. Right to education in conflict situations
- a book by Gilles Giacca- "Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Armed Conflict"
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The Berlin Natural History Museum is currently developing a disaster preparedness plan for its huge collections. Fire, water, earthquakes and other catastrophes represent an immense threat for our cultural and natural heritage. The history is full of examples of irreplaceable losses due to such catastrophes and a significant lack of preparedness. It would be interesting to see if you have some sort of disaster preparedness in your facility or for the collections in your responsibility.
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There is a network here in Delaware (USA) called the Delaware Disaster Assistance Team (DDAT) which exists to assist museums, libraries, archives and historical societies of all sizes to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies and disasters that might impact their collections.  The website is https://sites.google.com/site/ddatdelaware/  and it includes a number of great planning resources.
In addition, the University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center has an extensive library collection of materials on all aspects of disasters including disaster planning in general and disaster planning for collections.  If you are interested in examples of plans and related resources, you can contact the Center at http://drc.udel.edu/elq-resource-collection/
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Kumbh Mela and other religious gatherings are regular features. Human Stampedes have become common. The official documents specify dos and don'ts procedures but leave the nuts and bolts to the organizers. Simple, effective, technology oriented solutions need to be explored to save lives. 
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I've been working for more than three years on natural disaster management, and one of the major gaps I could identify is the lack of comprehensive and powerful software. Sahana Eden is an open source that claims to support disaster management activities. However, the interface is not so friendly and the software itself is essentially oriented for inventory managing. The messaging features are useful but could be highly improved.
In this scope, I've been seeking for a good software without success. It should be a good messenger and should be focused on process management. Does anyone know something that could match my necessities?
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Daniel
There are a lot of different platforms out there which support activity across the spectrum of  PPRR.    Some focus on particular disasters whereas others are more general in nature.     some are open source platforms and a lot are commercial applications.   I guess it depends on the type of organisation you are working for and your particular needs.   You might be interested in exploring the attached links.
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Ged
Incident Maps
UK Environment Agency Life Flood Warning Map http://apps.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood/142151.aspx
MIT’s Next-Generation Incident Command System https://public.nics.ll.mit.edu/nicshelp/articles/frontpage.php
The Virginia Interoperability Picture for Emergency Response https://cop.vdem.virginia.gov/
Crowd sourced incident maps
Open Street Map Humanitarian Team http://hot.openstreetmap.org/about
Climate CoLab Crowd Sourced Crisis Management Platform http://climatecolab.org:18081/plans/-/plans/contestId/1300402/planId/1307506
Planning
Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction InaSAFE planning and simulation tool http://inasafe.org/en
University of Melbourne/IBM Australian Disaster Management Platform http://admp.org.au/
University of Melbourne Intelligent Disaster Decision Support System http://www.csdila.unimelb.edu.au/projects/IDDSS/About.html
Situational Awareness
Pacific Disaster Centre Global Hazards Map http://atlas.pdc.org/atlas/
Pacific Disaster Centre EMOPS http://emops.pdc.org/emops
Pacific Disaster Centre Disaster Aware http://www.pdc.org/solutions/products/disasteraware/
Global disaster Alert and Coordination System http://www.gdacs.org/default.aspx
IRIS Earthquake Browser http://ds.iris.edu/sm2//
Educational
Emergency Management Australia disaster mapper https://disastermapper.ema.edu.au/#/intro
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Some data sources have separate data for coastal hazards and hurricanes. How are they different?
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There are areas under coastal hazards such as tsunamis, coastal erosion (coastal retreat by sediment removal and cliif retreat), storm surges not related with the two exaples you gave, or even coastlines affected directly by storms which have are not classified as tropical storms or hurricanes. Or for example, coastal hazards related with pollution. There are many kinds of coastal hazards.
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Aside from providing information to a wide range of audiences, has there been or is there a more direct way to make use of the many damage related maps/GIS that have been generated within the last few days to help in the ongoing response to the disaster brought by typhoon Haiyan to the Philippines?
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There is not easy answer to this. Image based damage mapping has been done for some 13 year already, and for hundreds of cases, and what we see is better maps (in terms of cartography), and more maps. After the 2010 Haiti earthquake more than 2000 damage-related maps were created by about a dozen international agencies (see http://www.earthzine.org/2011/03/23/remote-sensing-based-post-disaster-damage-mapping-%E2%80%93-ready-for-a-collaborative-approach/).
What we still don’t really understand well is who needs what type of map (and when), who can actually understand what type of damage map, what format would be good (it still is mostly pdf documents), and who in the past has actually found what type of map to be useful.
Hence a lot of effort is being made, but what the effect is questionable.
Haiyan is indeed a special case. A lot of map products relate to damage in more rural areas, information that is needed to understand logistics/accessibility issues. But dedicated research into the utility of damage maps still needs to be done.