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Special Session:
Integrated Assessment of Risk and Vulnerability

Scope of the Special Session

Social and environmental systems are confronted with more frequent hazards (incl. natural hazards, diseases, etc.) and their impacts. This has been leading to an increase in the number of people affected, casualties and socio-economic and environmental losses. We believe that integrated assessment methods are required to represent, analyze and communicate risks in a way that is understandable and actionable to decision makers and communities at risk. This includes information on the stressor and the vulnerability of the system that is affected.  

For this special session at the GI_Forum 2017 we call for contributions dealing with spatial analysis,  integrated assessment and novel visualization/communication approaches to address such challenges. We thus invite researchers and practitioners to submit contributions tackling the following thematic and methodological topics:

  1. Thematically: Contributions comprise topics such as integrated risk and vulnerability assessments in the field of disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation or public health and beyond.
  2. Methodologically: We seek for submissions which apply spatial statistics, index-based approaches/multi-criteria analysis, remote sensing and novel visualization/decision support tools for the assessment, analysis and communication of risk and vulnerability at different spatial and temporal scales.  


Contributions can either submitted as a full paper, extended abstract or poster. Authors of accepted full papers and Extended Abstracts are invited to present and discuss their paper (15’+5’) in the special session. Authors of accepted posters are invited for a lightning talk (5’). Full papers and extended abstracts will be published in the GI-Forum Journal (Open Access).


The special session is jointly organized by Stefan Kienberger (Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, University of Salzburg), Marion Borderon (Department of Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna) and Michael Hagenlocher (United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security, UNU-EHS).

Call for Papers closed since February 1!

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06. Juli 2017
09:00 - 10:30

Geoanalytics – A key component for innovative insurance solutions in a disruptive industry
Siebert Andreas Munich Re

Multi-criteria approach with spatial analysis and remote sensing for public security planning
Figueiredo Ciro Federal University of Pernambuco
06. Juli 2017
11:30 - 13:00

Locating urban heat stress vulnerability: a GIS-based spatial cluster analysis of urban heat load, the elderly and accessibility of urban green space
Mueller Christian Bochum University of Applied Sciences

Reducing Individual Heat Stress Through Path Planning
Rußig Joachim Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Assessment of future heat stress risk in European regions: towards a better integration of socioeconomic scenarios
Rohat Guillaume Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva & Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente
06. Juli 2017
14:00 - 15:30

Critial Infrastructure Analysis (CRITIS) in underdeveloped regions – Designing an approach to analyse road network vulnerability in Chile
Braun Andreas Institut für Regionalwissenschaft (IfR) - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)

The use of online decision support tools to communicate coastal vulnerability and promote adaptation planning
Lathrop Richard Rutgers University

Beyond the lack of data: How to generate spatial data on displaced population with Global Positioning System (GPS) loggers
Borderon Marion Department of Geography and Regional Research
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