Projects & Publications
Geo-Spatial Data Preparation Modules for Implementation of Disaster Risk Reduction Modeling (DRR)
The FIU GIS Center, in conjunction with the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Program and the Bell Program, will develop and host on-line training modules and on-site short courses with the objective to build capacity in the field of data preparation for disaster risk assessment modeling. The focus of the modules is to establish data processing procedures to elevate data and extract spatially explicit information from raw data for implementation of the Central American Probabilistic Risk Assessment (CAPRA) model. CAPRA applies principles of probabilistic risk assessment to the analysis of hurricane, earthquake, volcano, flood, tsunami and landslide hazards. CAPRA applications include the creation and visualization of hazard and risk maps, cost-benefit analysis tools for risk mitigation investments, and the development of financial risk transfer strategies. For the assessment and modeling of primary hazards (e.g., hurricane, earthquake, volcano eruption) and secondary hazards (e.g., flooding and landslides), and the definition of exposure and vulnerability, separate programs were developed.
These modules produce model outputs that consequently are incorporated in the risk modeling within CAPRA, and therefore allow for a comprehensive system of natural risk assessment. The training modules are intended to introduce the trainee to alternative approaches to derive necessary parameters of specific hazard models from remotely sensed data or their derivatives. The goal is to develop modules that not only provide alternative approaches but also guide the user in the decision-making process, in the choice of methods and potential data sources.