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Early Warning Systems and Geospatial Tools: Managing Disasters for Urban Sustainability

  • S. YekeenEmail author
  • A. Balogun
  • Y. Aina
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71061-7_103-2

Definition

An early warning system (EWS) is a disaster prediction information tool, used in different fields to acquire and communicate timely and useful warning information for predicted severe events or disasters. This could be as a result of natural factors, geophysical or biological hazard, sociopolitical factors, industrial hazard, and personal health risk factors, among other related disasters or hazards. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction defines EWS as a framework which enables the generation and dissemination of timely and meaningful warning information to the likely areas to be faced by any form of disaster to facilitate preparedness and timely and appropriate response (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction 2006). The objective of an early warning system is to provide warnings to vulnerable people on a predicted natural or anthropogenic hazard or disaster to reduce possible harm or loss (United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction 2006;...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geospatial Analysis and Modelling (GAM) Research Group, Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUTPSeri IskandarMalaysia
  2. 2.Department of Geomatics Engineering TechnologyYanbu Industrial CollegeYanbuSaudi Arabia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Elisa Conticelli
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Architecture, School of Engineering and ArchitectureAlma Mater Studiorum – University of BolognaBolognaItaly