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SIG Chair: Dennis Finlayson and Gerhard Chroust and

Adequate response to disasters is a growing global need and a social responsibility in view of the seemingly growing number of regional disasters and catastrophes endangering a growing number of people.

Natural disasters show a disturbing inclination to emergent effects which challenge the resilience of the affected people and societies. The ability of communities and international agencies in responding constructively has to be continually strengthened to address the ever growing demands imposed on them. Systems Thinking could and should offer models and tools for assisting in this process.

Disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery are essential.

Today’s information and communication technologies (ICT) can support and improve above activities, often in ways not anticipated previously (e.g. utilizing social media, virtual reality support, fine-grained -simulation), providing speedy aggregation, simulation, interpretation, and presentation of information for the support of response activities. Therefore key issues are on the one hand, how to support communities in becoming more resilient and on the other how to provide response agencies with more and better resources in order to assist them at all stages of preparation and response.

Potential topics (not excluding others) are:

Chained and interacting disasters, ICT support and predictions based on social media traffic Psychological and cultural aspects of disaster management, Warning and protection systems for stakeholders and victims Current Disaster Management Research Programs worldwide. Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract and/or paper for this session of the ISSS 2015 conference according to the guidelines for ISSS 2015 before June 30, 2013 (but better earlier so as to receive comments in time!).

Please email further inquiries to the SIG chair email.

Presentation Format: 15-20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes questions.

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