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AGORA: a geospatial open collaborative architecture for building resilience against disasters and climate change impacts in vulnerable communities

Grant number: 12/18675-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2013
Effective date (End): January 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Computer Science - Computing Methodologies and Techniques
Principal researcher:João Porto de Albuquerque
Grantee:João Porto de Albuquerque
Host: Alexander Zipf
Home Institution: Instituto de Ciências Matemáticas e de Computação (ICMC). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Research place: Heidelberg University, Germany  
Associated research grant:08/58161-1 - Assessment of impacts and vulnerability to climate change in Brazil and strategies for adaptation option, AP.PFPMCG.TEM


Recent years have seen increasing attention given to environmental hazards and their potential impact in terms of natural disasters, especially as the frequency of disasters has steadily grown. Furthermore, projected climate change is expected to accentuate this tendency even more. Consequently, it is increasingly important to develop community-based approaches to improve community resilience, i.e. to improve the capacity of communities to resist, change or adapt to get a new level of functioning or structure in the occurrence of disasters and extreme events. AGORA addresses this challenge by proposing an approach based on web-based collaborative software platforms for leveraging the local knowledge of citizens in environmental monitoring in order to build resilience against disasters and climate change effects. AGORA will provide a participative development methodology supported by a customizable software framework to build service-oriented software platforms that are able to manage different types of information: official information, real-time status of sensors, and citizen-generated Volunteer Geographic Information (VGI). (AU)

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DE ALBUQUERQUE, JOAO PORTO; HERFORT, BENJAMIN; BRENNING, ALEXANDER; ZIPF, ALEXANDER. A geographic approach for combining social media and authoritative data towards identifying useful information for disaster management. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SCIENCE, v. 29, n. 4, p. 667-689, . (12/18675-1)
HORITA, FLAVIO E. A.; DE ALBUQUERQUE, JOAO PORTO; DEGROSSI, LIVIA C.; MENDIONDO, EDUARDO M.; UEYAMA, JO. Development of a spatial decision support system for flood risk management in Brazil that combines volunteered geographic information with wireless sensor networks. Computers & Geosciences, v. 80, p. 84-94, . (12/18675-1, 12/22550-0, 08/58161-1)

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