EO4HumEn (2013 – 2016)

EO-based services to support humanitarian operations: monitoring population and natural resources in refugee/IDP camps

Population displacement due to armed conflicts, regional crisis, or natural disasters often leads to large-scale, highly dynamic settlements which challenge humanitarian relief operations. During crisis situations up-to date, targeted and reliable information on (1) population numbers and densities, (2) potential groundwater reservoirs, and the (3) impact on the local environment is required for mission planning as well as for the day-to-day operation of refugee and/or IDP (internally displaced person) camps. The acquisition of in-situ spatial data in these often remotely located camp surroundings is challenging and sometimes even dangerous. Thus the EO4HumEn project aims at developing operational services and products to support humanitarian operations during crisis situations by means of dedicated geo-spatial information products derived from Earth observation (EO) and GIS data. The developed products will be provided as maps, online web services and reports and will be fully validated by the user in terms of their relevance and usability.

Next to three academic partners (Univ Salzburg, Z_GIS and Dep. of Geography and Geology, as well as Univ Tübingen), the project involves Doctors without Borders (MSF, Section Austria) as one of the world-leading NGOs in the humanitarian aid domain.

Instrument: FFG, ASAP (Austrian Space Applications Program)

Role: Coordinator

Project volume: 476.382 EUR, ZGIS share: 254.500 EUR

website: http://www.zgis.at/humanitarian-services/

Contact person: Stefan Lang,

Researchers involved: Dirk Tiede, Petra Füreder, Lorenz Wendt, Michael Hagenlocher