Earth Observation for Humanitarian Assistance
Scope of the Special Session:
GIS and remote sensing have increasingly become popular in the humanitarian community. The special session “Earth Observation for Humanitarian Assistance” will focus on the potential of satellite data and geosptaial technologies to support humanitarian assistance in crisis and disaster response. New technological advances accompany the strong need for effective tools: With respect to imaging, a large variety of different optical as well as radar sensor types provides all kinds of spatial, temporal and spectral resolutions, also including unpiloted systems recently. Turning this data into relevant geospatial information products for humanitarian actors is one challenge which will be addressed. The other is the integration of massive (big) data being produced by volunteers and geo-humanitarian initiatives such as HOT or Missing Maps, as well as joint mapathons.
To jointly discuss recent developments we welcome original contributions from R&D as well as practical applications, sharing experiences in applying new methods, tools and technologies for dedicated geospatial information products in all phases of humanitarian crises. Relevant topics are (but are not limited to):
- Monitoring and tracking displaced population
- Early-warning indicators for humanitarian crisis
- Crowd mapping, humanitarian VGI
- UAVs and mobile devices
- Crisis monitoring (water supplies, infrastructure, natural resources)
- Assessment of mid- to long-term effects of humanitarian crises
- New EO data and their potential, including Copernicus Sentinels
- Links to the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS)
Contributions can either be submitted as full paper, extended abstract or poster. Authors of accepted full papers and Extended Abstracts are invited to present and discuss their papers in the special session. Additionally these contributions will be published in the GI_Forum Journal (Open Access).
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