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Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial
Dynamic Panoramic is a column by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial. Mr. Stojic is a renowned geospatial industry expert who shares his insights into how geospatial information is increasingly being used to drive critical decisions in organizations of all sizes.

Developing a Digital Atlas of All Natural Disasters in Greece

 
August 8th, 2013 by Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon Geospatial

Educational institutions often play a key role in developing the GIS research and insights for allowing any nation to be better prepared to handle natural disasters.

In addition, with natural disasters on the rise, many countries are looking to both enhance their overall planning efforts, as well as better leverage geospatial technologies in ways that increase overall response efforts – with the ultimate goal being more lives saved.

Intergraph recently announced that Kavala Institute of Technology’s Department of Forestry and Management of Natural Environment is doing precisely this for the country of Greece.

The educational institution is using Intergraph®’s ERDAS APOLLO 2013 for the management, analysis and delivery of geospatial data for disaster response in Greece.

Working closely with Intergraph’s channel partner in Greece, Geosystems Hellas, the Kavala Institute is collecting and cataloguing digital material in a spatial data infrastructure to support the detection, prevention and management of natural disasters. It is also leveraging the exploitation and visualization capabilities of free web services from international certified organizations.

Powered by ERDAS APOLLO, the application enables teachers and students to access both archival and near real-time information for worldwide and local natural disasters. The students are able to make multi-criteria queries about the disaster phenomena and create “behavior codes” for effective management and protection against risks of various kinds of natural disasters.

With the vision of creating an electronic archive of natural disasters in Greece, the Kavala Institute is also developing a digital atlas of natural disasters, which integrates key global scientific reports and other data.

The Kavala Institute’s efforts is a case study for how educational institutions can play a major role in helping countries prepare for natural disasters.  Of course, geospatial solutions provide the foundation for providing the actionable data that will aid response efforts and ultimately save more lives.

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