The major objective of the proposed project is to develop and test methods for complex study of hazardous natural processes acting on some specific territory and to elaborate a risk rate map for the needs of the territorial unitís sustainable development.
This objective is based on the general hypothesis that, for the needs of a given territorial unitís sustainable development, all hazardous natural processes within its limits should be represented by a unified risk rate scale whereas risk assessment must be performed based on general principles.
The selected approach for implementation of this concept is a theoretical contribution of the methodsí principles, and inspection, validation, and verification of the setting in real conditions.
To implement the Projectís objective, numerous methods from geoinformation technologies and remote sensing will be used. The studyís innovative approach is rooted in their creative use for development and application of methods for study of hazardous processes and integral risk assessment for a given territory.
The more essential working stages during the Projectís implementation are as follows: (ŗ) Study, observation, analysis, mapping of the hazardous natural processes in the selected test region; (b) Risk and vulnerability assessment; (c) Identification and testing of the potentials of various aerophoto- and space images during the study of hazardous natural phenomena, their mapping and monitoring; (d) Elaborating the structure of a standard geodatabase with included aerospace component for assessment and monitoring of hazardous natural processes; (e) Development of risk map elaboration methodic; (f) Creating a handbook for application of the developed methodic in hazardous natural processes risk assessment and results announcement to all concerned public institutions.
The most essential results expected from the Projectís accomplishment are to develop modern risk assessment methodic for managerial needs as well as methodic for using space technologies, GIS, and hazardous processes modeling to assist risk assessment and disaster relief activities.
Keywords: geoecology, natural hazards, risk assessment, remote sensing, GIS
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