Keywords

decision making; stakeholders; storm surge; emergency management; support tool

Location

Session D3: Advances in Environmental - Decision Support - Software Systems

Start Date

12-7-2016 2:50 PM

End Date

12-7-2016 3:10 PM

Description

Emergency managers are increasingly responsible for considering multiple and often disparate information in highly pressurised situations to make evacuation decisions. Under these circumstances there is significant potential for the application of high performance computing technology to provide decision support. An important characteristic of the development of decision support is engagement with end users. In the emergency management setting end users operate in a highly standardised and rule structured environment which has developed based on existing information sources and products. In this context it is very difficult to discuss innovations and new approaches or systems designs with end users.

This paper is a case study of an integrated stakeholder engagement emergency management decision support system architecture used enable emergency managers to overcome the innovation constraints of the emergency management context. The case study is of the Surge Impact Project a partnership between Griffith University and the Queensland State Government to apply high performance computing to emergency management. The Surge Impact Project has developed a web based Storm Tide Hazard Assessment Tool for Queensland Local Government Disaster Managers. The tool has been developed to inform the timing and location of areas subject to evacuation notices during Tropical Cyclones for coastal areas of Queensland.

 
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Strategies and Systems Architecture for Emergency Management Decision Support – A Northern Australia Case Study

Session D3: Advances in Environmental - Decision Support - Software Systems

Emergency managers are increasingly responsible for considering multiple and often disparate information in highly pressurised situations to make evacuation decisions. Under these circumstances there is significant potential for the application of high performance computing technology to provide decision support. An important characteristic of the development of decision support is engagement with end users. In the emergency management setting end users operate in a highly standardised and rule structured environment which has developed based on existing information sources and products. In this context it is very difficult to discuss innovations and new approaches or systems designs with end users.

This paper is a case study of an integrated stakeholder engagement emergency management decision support system architecture used enable emergency managers to overcome the innovation constraints of the emergency management context. The case study is of the Surge Impact Project a partnership between Griffith University and the Queensland State Government to apply high performance computing to emergency management. The Surge Impact Project has developed a web based Storm Tide Hazard Assessment Tool for Queensland Local Government Disaster Managers. The tool has been developed to inform the timing and location of areas subject to evacuation notices during Tropical Cyclones for coastal areas of Queensland.