2-year Post-doc “Geoinformatics for disaster damage and recovery assessment”

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Organisation: University of Twente

One of the knowledge fields of the Faculty ITC of the University of Twente (UT) is disaster risk management, with different chair groups covering hazard modelling, risk assessment, risk-based urban planning, the role of climate change, but also the link to the humanitarian sector/ the Red Cross. The use of geoinformation is what all research groups have in common. More widely within the UT their research is further strengthened by a research center on resilience engineering, but also work on risk economics.

The focus field of the chair group for this postdoc is the use of remote sensing for the assessment of changing hazards, elements-at-risk, vulnerability and capacity. This could be before a disaster as a contribution to elements-at-risk mapping and characterization, e.g. using machine learning approaches, but also for post-disaster damage assessment and recovery assessment. Extensive research with several completed PhD projects has been done in the last ca. 15 years in this group. The initial focus has moved from the use of satellite imagery to data acquired with drones/UAV, and in ongoing work they also link image-based recovery assessment to macroeconomic modelling to explain the observed recovery. Much of their work has been done in the context of European research projects (FP7/H2020), for example RECONASS, INACHUS, or the ongoing PANOPTIS project that focuses on damage to road infrastructure. In September they will start another project that will focus on supporting first responders, including through the use of indoor UAV swarms. In addition the research group has carried out large international risk management projects, such as CHARIM, or a national-scale multi-hazard risk assessment project in Georgia (http://drm.cenn.org/).