Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management

Sensor data for early warning and disaster risk reduction and management - II

3704.3 - Mapping Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation: progress in South Africa

Monday, July 3
4:50 PM - 5:10 PM
Location: Virginia B

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) strategies in Africa are on the increase. South Africa is no different, and a number of strategies have seen the light in aid of reducing disaster risk and adapting to climate change. The DRR and CCA processes include the mapping of location and extent of known and potential hazards, vulnerable communities and environments, and opportunities that may exist to manage these risks. However, the mapping of often fast-changing urban and rural spaces in a standardized manner presents challenges that relate to processes, scales of data capture, level of detail recorded, software and compatibility related to data formats and networks, human resources skills and understanding, as well as differences in approaches to the nature in which the mapping processes are executed and spatial data is managed. As a result, projects and implementation of strategies that relate to the use of such data is affected, and the success of activities based on the data may therefore be uncertain. This paper investigates data custodianship and data categories that is processed and managed across South Africa. It explores the process and content management of disaster risk and climate change related information and defines the challenges that exist in terms of governance. The paper also comments on the challenges and potential solutions for the situation as it gives rise to varying degrees of accuracy, effectiveness for use, and applicability of the spatial data available to affect DRR and improve the value of CCA programmes in the region.

Judith Maryna Storie

Geographic Risk Management (GRM)

Dr Storie is skilled in spatial and non-spatial analytical assessment of geographical data related to disaster risks. She applies Geoinformatics in disaster risk reduction in particular. As a multi-disciplinary expert that is able to conceptualise real-world challenges, she designs programmes to investigate and analyse the challenges that the intersection between hazards and vulnerabilities pose. She serves among others as specialist advisor on various South African Disaster Risk Advisory Forums. She is a Climate Change Adaptation specialist and Carbon Footprint Analyst. Her work focusses on Risk Management with a strong Geoinformatics focus, and human settlement vulnerability to disaster risks.


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Jonathan Li

University of Waterloo

Jonathan Li is a full professor with the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, He received the PhD degree in remote sensing and geoinformatics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 2000. His research interests include information extraction from earth observation imagery and mobile laser scanning data. He is chair of the ICA Commission on SEnsor-driven Mapping (2015-2019). He is Associate Editor of IEEE-TITS, IEEE-JSTARS, and Sensors.


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