Manage data – manage hazards – development of urban hazard information infrastructure for Windhoek (Namibia)

Maura Gebska, L. Montoya, Chris Paresi

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This work aims at developing guidelines and methods for establishing Urban Hazard Information infrastructure (UHII) for the City of Windhoek (CoW) in Namibia, in order to set up an institutional and technical framework for spatial data exchange and sharing in development control and hazard management. An analysis of UHII requirements in the stable institutional environment of Regionale Brandweer Twente (the Netherlands) was first conducted and the Spatial Information Management Reference Model (RSIMM) was created. RSIMM was used as a reference to the Case-Specific Spatial Information Management Model (CSIMM) for the CoW, where young, dynamic institutions face financial, structural, legal and technical uncertainties. The new methodology to introduce UHII to the CoW was developed using combined soft and structured system requirements analysis methods. The GIS-based Urban Hazard and Emergency Management Information System (UHEMIS) will constitute the initial step for introduction of UHII for urban fire threats reduction and for the prevention of ground water from contamination. The policies and strategies supporting UHII development were identified and requirements for UHEMIS implementation were obtained. The UHII model and UHEMIS prototype will be designed next in this on-going research to serve as data analysis and management tools supporting decision-making in spatial development control, risk assessment and emergency response planning. A framework for co-operation between the CoW divisions and external spatial data providers will be established to supply UHEMIS and UHII with accurate, reliable and up-to-date spatial data. The actual development and implementation of UHEMIS prototype will be conducted in a near future, constituting the base for next publications.
Original languageUndefined
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2003
EventFirst International ICSC Symposium on Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering, ITEE 2003 - Gdansk, Poland
Duration: 24 Jun 200327 Jun 2003


WorkshopFirst International ICSC Symposium on Information Technologies in Environmental Engineering, ITEE 2003
Other24-27 June 2003


  • EWI-23707
  • IR-87263

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