AGSE Winter School 2017: Crisis and Disaster Management <<

Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and Geoinformation related sciences such as Remote Sensing, GIS and Photogrammetry play a significant role in both data providing and management of disasters and hazards in nature. Rapid population growth and urbanization expansion combined with extreme climatic events are causing a rapid increase in vulnerability of peoples exposed to hazardous events. Natural disasters impose severe damage on almost the entire spectrum of social and natural habitats, ranging from housing and shelter, water, food, health, sanitation, and waste management to information and communication networks, the supply of power and energy, and transportation infrastructure.

Goals and concept
With the focus on "Crisis and Disaster Management" the winter school aims at contributions of Geoinformatics, Remote Sensing, and Planning to preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation of disasters. The winter school concept includes invited talks by international experts in combination with presentations by participants in the mornings and workshops on topics like the technological breakthroughs of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for emergency response.
AGSE 2017 will be the first of two winter school events on Kish Island. It is incorporated into the DAAD supported alumni work of the University of Applied Sciences Stuttgart. Therefore, participants from many countries worldwide are expected to contribute with experiences from their home countries. The winter school aims at the integration of outcomes of the events into eLearning modules. All interested participants of the winter school are invited to contribute and benefit from eLearning materials such as white papers, lecturing materials or videos, for example, on the worldwide regulations and the developments of UAS and the experiences on autonomous flights, access to hard-to-reach areas and data-gathering tasks that are otherwise unsafe or impossible for humans.

Main Topics:
Here an overview of potential themes, scope, and focus:

  • Collaborative Geographic Information Systems for Disaster Management
  • Information Technology for Development
  • Geosensor networks
  • Flood Risk Modeling and Mapping
  • Building Resilience against Disasters
  • GIS Support to each of the four phases of the disaster cycle
  • Understanding and Enhancing Resilience
  • Emerging Technology and Capability Needs
  • Software-neutral best practices
  • GIS for Disaster Management Research Agenda
  • E-Learning to support Disaster Management
  • Psycho-Social Implications of Disaster Management and Volunteering
  • Contribution of Remote Sensing Approaches
  • Contribution of Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • Alerting people

AGSE Winter School 2017
April 29 - May 04, 2017
University of Tehran - Kish International Campus, Kish Island, Iran,

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr
Telephone +49 (0)711 8926 2693

Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Behr (