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A Web based geospatial application for disaster preparedness in Uganda

Author(s): Kalinaki, Elizabeth

Date: 2012

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Origin: Repositório Institucional da UNL

Subject(s): Disaster preparedness; Floods; Modular design; Visualization; Vulnerability Assessment; Web application


The power of Geospatial technologies in first world countries is increasingly being harnessed to manage disasters; this is not the same case for Uganda a disaster prone country in East Africa. For regions in the blankets of Mt. Rwenzori in the west and Mt. Elgon in the east, every year brings with it new challenges in the field of disaster management. When disasters happen in Uganda, government agencies and different Humanitarian Organizations run to the aid of the affected, relief is provided and rehabilitation activities carried out, but there remains little usable GI of the affected areas (Farthing & Ware, 2010). If disaster preparedness and management is dependent on accurate analysis and mapping of vulnerability and susceptibility of communities to risk (Office of the Prime Minister, 2010) and there exists data gaps and challenges (NEMA/UBOS, n.d.) in the country, how then can disaster managers carry out vulnerability assessment of communities? This thesis examines the possibility of providing disaster managers the means to assess the vulnerability of communities to risk by suggesting a solution for data acquisition and developing a web application based on interoperable modular components to act as a platform where this analysis can be performed.

Dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies.

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Díaz Sánchez, Laura; Blasco, Ismael Sanz; Cabral, Pedro da Costa Brito
Contributor(s) Kalinaki, Elizabeth
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