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  Information - NH10.03 Geo-Databases and Information Systems for Natural Hazards and Risk Assessment

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Geo-databases are computer-based (i.e., digital) repositories of geological information. They are used by scientists, professionals and policy makers in the Earth Sciences, including: geology, geomorphology, hydrology, seismology, volcanology, etc. In the recent years geo-databases have been established as essential, often mandatory tools for the investigation of natural hazards. National and international organizations have developed and are maintaining inventories, archives and databases at different scales from the local to the planetary as part of their strategy to assess natural hazards and for risk mitigation. Warning systems for various natural and man-made hazards, including: floods, landslides, volcanic eruptions, groundwater pollution, etc., rely on geo-databases to provide accurate, reliable and timely forecasts. Insurance and reinsurance companies use geo-databases to estimate the frequency statistics and the characteristics of damage from natural events. Technical end-users and private consultants use geo-databases regularly to solve or mitigate natural hazard problems. The EUG general assembly in Vienna is an excellent opportunity to discuss the issues related to designing, building, monitoring, updating and using geo-databases for natural hazards and risk assessment. The goal of the session is to provide a forum for an in-depth discussion among scientists interested in natural hazards, computer experts, and technical end-users on the current advantages and limitations of existing geo-databases, and on possible or desirable developments. Contributions describing examples, characteristics and applications of existing or planned geo-databases, at the regional, national and international scale, are welcomed. Presentations dealing with the conceptual, technical and practical issues concerning the design, maintenance, and update of geo-databases, for natural hazards are encouraged, as are presentations dealing with the different approaches in the design and use of geo-databases (e.g., information technology vs. natural hazards). We are also interested in presentations dealing with information technology issues of geo-databases, including: data quality, DBMS technology and performance, database standards (open source vs. commercial systems), GIS integration, geostatistical analysis, WEB publishing, data mining, and the cost of geo-databases.

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