The need for and appropriate application of spatial data for disaster management and strengthening community resilience

Hayes, John & Goonetilleke, Ashantha (2013) The need for and appropriate application of spatial data for disaster management and strengthening community resilience. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Building Resilience 2013: Individual, Institutional and Societal Coping Strategies to Address the Challenges Associated with Disaster Risk, University of Salford, Ahungalla, Sri Lanka.

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Abstract

It is only in recent years that the critical role that spatial data can play in disaster management and strengthening community resilience has been recognised. The recognition of this importance is singularly evident from the fact that in Australia spatial data is considered as soft infrastructure. In the aftermath of every disaster this importance is being increasingly strengthened with state agencies paying greater attention to ensuring the availability of accurate spatial data based on the lessons learnt. For example, the major flooding in Queensland during the summer of 2011 resulted in a comprehensive review of responsibilities and accountability for the provision of spatial information during such natural disasters. A high level commission of enquiry completed a comprehensive investigation of the 2011 Brisbane flood inundation event and made specific recommendations concerning the collection of and accessibility to spatial information for disaster management and for strengthening community resilience during and after a natural disaster. The lessons learnt and processes implemented were subsequently tested by natural disasters during subsequent years.

This paper provides an overview of the practical implementation of the recommendations of the commission of enquiry. It focuses particularly on the measures adopted by the state agencies with the primary role for managing spatial data and the evolution of this role in Queensland State, Australia. The paper concludes with a review of the development of the role and the increasing importance of spatial data as an infrastructure for disaster planning and management which promotes the strengthening of community resilience.

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ID Code: 63405
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: community resilience, spatial data, disaster management, Queensland floods, CEDM
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management (090505)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Emergency & Disaster Management
Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 University of Salford, Centre for Disaster Resilience
Deposited On: 16 Oct 2013 00:09
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2014 05:52

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