GEO Information For Disaster Recovery -- Case Study: The Use of Orthophotos in Aceh, Indonesia

Kidd, R., McCallum, I. ORCID:, Fritz, S. ORCID:, Kraxner, F., & Obersteiner, M. ORCID: (2009). GEO Information For Disaster Recovery -- Case Study: The Use of Orthophotos in Aceh, Indonesia. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-09-011

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This study, carried out between July-September 2008, looks specifically at the use of a high resolution aerial photograph (orthophoto) data set acquired in June 2005 over post tsunami Aceh, Indonesia. The study clearly demonstrates the benefit of the use of EO data for disaster recovery showing that the orthophoto data set, costing 1.4 million Euro, critically supported projects (primary users of the data set), worth over 16 times its actual cost (28 million Euro) and provided support to projects worth over 600 times its actual cost (880 million Euro).

The study concludes that a simple robust methodology to quantify the benefit of EO data in disaster recovery may be implemented by monitoring the total costs of projects that are critically supported by the EO data set. To implement that monitoring mechanism, a robust and straightforward method must be in place with the EO data distributor that records simple criteria for each of the data users and related projects.

The report provides a number of lessons that have been learnt from the spatial data initiatives between Official Development Agencies and the Government of Indonesia in response to the Tsunami. The report recommends that in order to ensure that the spatial data is used to its greatest benefit, prior to the initiation of any campaign, the donor funding the project must ensure that there is a defined and clearly proven, transparent, and accountable mechanism to ensure that the data is effectively delivered to the humanitarian aid community in a timely and efficient manner.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Interim Report)
Research Programs: Forestry (FOR)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:43
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 05:00

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