- Thomas Harbinger, Decision support system EMEREC, Rosenbauer International
- Albert Schwingshandl, Center for Virtual Reality und Visualization, Flood modelling software VISDOM, riocom/VRVis
- Ortwin Neuschwander, Fraunhofer FOKUS: KATWARN - the municipal warning and information system
Effective flood risk management requires well-developed tools, which perfectly fit the needs of various involved stakeholders. The management of flood risk includes the identification, the analysis, the assessment and the communication of risk. Until now, software tools are technically sophisticated, but do not cover all areas of risk management. There is still a need for more integrated solutions to provide optimal output for those involved in flood risk management. Therefore, there is a need to close this gap to foster awareness raising amongst specific target groups such as the endangered population or emergency services.
The overall aim of the workshop was to exchange opinions and ideas about the various needs of the end-users in flood risk management and the challenges of the developers in providing the right tools. Since there is a gap between the needs and the available tools, this workshop aimed at helping to close it and provide an impulse for research.
Within the workshop, there was room for ignite presentations of innovations in the field of flood risk management and ways of communicating results to specific target groups by various visualization techniques. Companies were invited to give a glimpse into their developments and products. The following are some of the companies that had expressed their interest to participate in the side event to present an innovative product:
1. Rosenbauer International: Decision support system EMEREC
2. VRVis – Center for Virtual Reality und Visualization/riocom: Flood modelling software VISDOM
3. Fraunhofer FOKUS: KATWARN – the municipal warning and information system
4. UNESCO-IHE, Deltares: Communicating flood early warnings using mobile services (to be confirmed)
The targeted audience were on the one side of practitioners working with results of risk analysis (e.g. emergency services or humanitarian agencies) and on the other side experts providing risk analysis and risk assessments (e.g. engineering companies) or technical services developing software tools (e.g. software companies) or providing relevant data (e.g. government agencies).
Check out the UR2016 blog by Cornelia Jöbstl, Ines Fordinal, Clemens Liehr, Albert Schwingshandl, riocom