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Technology to support sustainable humanitarian crisis management

Objective

The coupling of satellite, airborne maps and products (analysed/interpreted images) with field surveys provides an extremely useful framework for crafting a basic GIS of a site for projected and/or ongoing humanitarian intervention. In the case of displaced persons, locations of refugee settlements have to be efficiently evaluated e.g. in terms of food and water supply, and related facilities. Also important is the camp's short-term and medium-term effects to the surrounding environments. For the rehabilitation/repatriation case, previous war zones (suspected hazard areas) has to be assessed in terms of safety level and inhabitability. In another words, Mine Action aspects, including General Mine Action Assessment (GMAA), Technical Survey, Landmine Impact Survey (LIS), and Assessment Missions.

The project's goals are two fold, namely the development of (1) products, and (2) procedures for end-to-end technological platforms and tools for survey and decision support in humanitarian crisis:
1) Products for survey and decision support includes:
- Mission planning and management, for space-/air-borne and field survey
- Mobile Computing Infrastructure for field survey including ground truth acquisition and verification tools
- Remote sensing data analysis and interpretation
- Information Management and Decision Support System for structuring, analysing, synthesizing the acquired data and knowledge
- Information Communication and Broadcasting
2) Procedures: many new ICT technologies cannot fully and properly exploited by Humanitarian Agencies until an appropriate contractual and operational framework is in place.

This project will address the planning, operational and logistic aspects of setting up and conducting a survey mission. Moreover, legal and contractual aspects for airborne survey will be investigated.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM VZW
Address
Kapeldreef 75
3001 Leuven
Belgium

Participants (6)

BACTEC INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
37 Riverside, Sir Thomas Longley Road
ME2 4DP Rochester, Kent
FOERSVARSMAKTEN
Sweden
Address

10785 Stockholm
GTD SISTEMAS DE INFORMACION SA
Spain
Address
Passeig Garcia Faria 17
08005 Barcelona
OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT GROUP (UEA)
United Kingdom
Address
University Of East Anglia
NR4 7TJ Norwich
STIFTUNG MENSCHEN GEGEN MINEN E. V.
Germany
Address
Oberlinstrasse 8
40625 Duesseldorf
UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313
060042 Bucuresti Sectorul 6