AGORA-DS: Decision Support

Research Project: An approach to support decision-making in flood management using volunteered geographic information and spatial decision support systems

Abstract: In the last few years, the frequency of flood events has highlighted the need to adopt measures that can enable communities to deal with them and reduce the damage they cause. This is because a decision that is not carried out correctly or based on erroneous data, runs the risk of causing serious problems and irreversible damage. However, currently available decision support systems for flood management are largely based on static and limited data, and as a result, these systems usually fail to handle volunteered geographic information and data streams from heterogeneous sources in real time. In addition, there is a lack of approaches which can systematically incorporate decision support systems into decision-making procedures for flood management. This project seeks to fill in these gaps, by setting out a decision-based integration approach with the aim of combining heterogeneous data sources (the information of volunteers, together with that provided by static sensors) and supporting decision-making in real-time flood management. For this reason, it defines a set of approaches which are responsible for the following: handling the information needed to support decision-making (from emergency agencies to volunteers), evaluating the quality of the data provided by the volunteers, integrating this information with that collected by sensors, and providing technological decision support resources that can enable the decision- makers to analyze this information in real-time. Furthermore, this approach will involve evaluating the use of case studies, conducting controlled experiments, and simulating the business processes concerned with flood risk management in São Carlos/SP.

Researcher: Flávio Eduardo Aoki Horita
Category: PhD Research Project
Scholarship: Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)