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Leveraging Volunteered Geographic Information to Improve Disaster Resilience: Lessons Learned From AGORA and Future Research Directions

Leveraging Volunteered Geographic Information to Improve Disaster Resilience: Lessons Learned From AGORA and Future Research Directions
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Author(s): João Porto de Albuquerque (University of Warwick, UK), Flávio Eduardo Aoki Horita (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Livia Castro Degrossi (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Roberto dos Santos Rocha (University of São Paulo, Brazil), Sidgley Camargo de Andrade (Federal University of Technology – Paraná, Brazil), Camilo Restrepo-Estrada (University of São Paulo, Brazil) and Werner Leyh (University of São Paulo, Brazil)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 27
Source title: Environmental Information Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7033-2.ch074

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Abstract

Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) has emerged as an important additional source of information for improving the resilience of cities and communities in the face of natural hazards and extreme weather events. This chapter summarizes the existing research in this area and offers an interdisciplinary perspective of the challenges to be overcome, by presenting AGORA: A Geospatial Open collaboRative Architecture for building resilience against disasters and extreme events. AGORA structures the challenges of using VGI for disaster management into three layers: acquisition, integration and application. The chapter describes the research challenges involved in each of these layers, as well as reporting on the results achieved so far and the lessons learned in the context of flood risk management in Brazil. Furthermore, the chapter concludes by setting out an interdisciplinary research agenda for leveraging VGI to improve disaster resilience.

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