Global Geohazards Information System for Disaster Risk Reduction (GGIS-DRR)

Background and Motivation

“Whatever is decided today is out-of-date by the time it is designed, tested, and implemented!” (Alan Edwards, 2012).

The design of … of the future must be very flexible and highly adaptive.

Challenge: Developing today the concepts for the technology of tomorrow!

Question: What are the basic characteristics of an information and management system based on tomorrow's technology?

  • globally available and accessible;
  • processing resources where the data sources are;
  • scalable;
  • best and next practices and workflows available to everybody;
  • access to base datasets;
  • updated in real-time;
  • information density and quality increased through crowd sourcing.

Figure 1: Functions and contents of the GGIS-DRR as they relate to the four phases of the disaster risk mangement cycle.

Figure 2: Communities involved in the development, populating, and use of the GGIS-DRR.

Some Characteristics


  • equal opportunity: urban and rural; developed and developing;
  • support focus on most relevant hazards;
  • change risk perception;
  • support improved decision making to access to information, intelligence;
  • standardization, interoperability, data sharing


  • provision of key resources through developed countries;
  • web-based access provides global availability;
  • scalable;
  • community support (from state/national agencies, research groups, use cases)
  • makes best/next practices available to others


  • Task Team of DI-01 and GHCP;
  • GEO Participating Organizations (POs);
  • international and national agencies;
  • non-governmental organizations;
  • links to national and regional agencies through Member Countries of GEO;
  • re-insurances;
  • private industry (Esri, ...)


  • Strain maps (global: UNR; regional: Nevada)
  • Shakemaps (California, Nevada)
  • Fault database (Nevada)
  • Landslide data (Italy)
  • Volcanoes (Italy and Democratic Republic of Congo)
  • Land use planning based on hazard assessments (tbd)
  • Tsunamis (tbd)
Progress towards the GGIS-DRR

Currently, the concept is developed.

Last edited 02 December 2016
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