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15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure World Conference (GSDI 15)

the 15th Global Spatial Data Infrastructure World Conference (GSDI 15) will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, Rep. of China, from 29 November to 2 December. A research team from Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety will be participating, presenting and conducting a workshop at this important conference.

The latest information and registration links are available from the official conference website at


The environmental data deluge: challenges and solutions for disaster risk reduction

The Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety
Lunchtime Seminar Series 2016

12:15pm—1:15pm Wednesday 24 February 2016
Harold White Theatre, 757 Swanston Street, Parkville

Dr. Nicholas Ray
The deluge of environmental data from various remote sensing and in situ devices makes it more and more difficult for the scientific community to find and access the appropriate data. Regional and global initiatives, such as INSPIRE and GEOSS, are trying to facilitate this endeavour, notably through regional Spatial Data Infrastructures, interoperability, brokering technology, and thematic portals. I will discuss those issues and briefly present an example of a geo-portal (PREVIEW Global Risk Data Platform) that our team has developed to allow visualisation of data on natural hazards, exposure (both human and economical) and risk, and that builds upon good practices in interoperability and data sharing.Dr. Nicolas Ray is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, Switzerland and Head of Environmental Modelling and Geo-processing unit at the Global Resource Information Database (GRID) of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Geneva and is current a visiting academic within CDMPS and the School of Engineering.
Included in this first seminar will be an overview of CDMPS for 2016 provided by Prof. Abbas Rajabifard, Director, Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety.
You can register for the event here.

Please contact Greg Ireton, A/Manager, CDMPS via email at if you have any queries or wish to discuss further.

Chinese Executives visit Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety

On Wednesday 14 January the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) welcomed its first international visitors for 2016 with a visit from a sixteen member delegation of senior executives from the Office of Civil Air Defence in China’s Anhui Province.

Chinese Executives visit

The Centre’s management team provided the delegation with an overview of the establishment of the Centre; its Research Agenda and current Research Projects as well as presentation by Dr. Yiqun Chen on the development of the Centre’s integrated Disaster Decision Support System (iDDSS).

Launch of Emergency Management Victoria’s new strategy: A Modern Emergency Management System for Victoria at the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Management

On Wednesday, October 14 the Emergency Management Commissioner for Victoria, Craig Lapsley officially launched the document ‘A Modern Emergency Management System for Victoria’ during the keynote session at the 2nd International Symposium on Disaster Management held in Melbourne. Commissioner Lapsley was invited as the keynote speaker for the plenary session on emergency management and first spoke on the vision for emergency management in Victoria and the challenges we face in in disaster situations which require our communities to survive, adapt and grow, before launching the new strategy. The strategy outlines what community resilience is and how this understanding can be used to develop a resilience-based approach to emergency management in the context of Victoria today. To download the document click the link below:
A Modern Emergency Management System for Victoria (PDF 623KB)

CDMPS Continues Research Collaboration with Chile

This week, Prof. Abbas Rajabifard and Mr. Ged Griffin will travel to Santiago in Chile to further engagement and research collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Chilean organisations related to disaster management and public safety, and also SDIs and land administration.

While in Chile, Prof. Rajabifard will deliver two keynote presentations, the first at an international seminar on SDI and future cities, and the second on disaster management, the global disaster management platform (GDMP), and the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS).

A number of meetings have also been scheduled for this trip. The first is an official visit to the Chilean National Office of Emergency of the Interior Ministry (ONEMI) to discuss collaboration opportunities between ONEMI and the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety. A second meeting will also be held with researchers from the Catholic University of Chile to further research collaborations on disaster management. This meeting will provide the opportunity to hold discussions with the Research Center for Integrated Disaster (CIGDEN) which is a centre that brings together key agencies from the areas planning, civil protection, and infrastructure to develop actions to help mitigate the impact of disasters on the population and urban areas.

This trip furthers the relationships established when Prof. Rajabifard visited Chile one year ago in July 2014 and aims to further research collaboration opportunities.

Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge

LET’S TALK RESILIENCE! was the theme of the third Australia-Netherlands Water Challenge, the winners of which were announced at the Floodplain Management Association National waterchallengeConference on Thursday May 21 in Brisbane. Within the context of the knowledge exchange partnership on floods and droughts between Australia and the Netherlands – initiated after the Queensland floods in 2011 – ambitious students and young professionals from across Australia were challenged to contribute their own ideas for a more climate-resilient Australia. After several selection rounds, the four best teams were invited to present their ideas at the FMA National Conference in front of 400 flood management experts and a jury, chaired by Dutch Consul-General, Mr. Willem Cosijn. The CDMPS team of Alireza Kashian, James Hung (PhD Students in Geomatics) and Dr Benny Chen (Research Fellow) , supervised by Prof. Abbas Rajabifard and Dr Mohsen Kalantari, received the runner-up award in this challenge for their presentation of WarnWave: Social Interaction, Public Awareness and Collaboration at the time of Disaster, which is mainly focused on potential usage of mobile critical moments.