A Novel Approach to Capacity Building for Security Applications
Effective monitoring of international treaties for environmental protection and the development of tools for early warning
Better estimates of populations on a global scale and the rapid remote damage assessment
Generic methods, algorithms and software needed for the automated interpretation and visualisation of imagery, including feature recognition and change detection
The key questions to be dealt with are: how can we cope with a certain hazard/threat and what can we do to reduce the susceptibility to a probable risk? The response to both aspects requires fast decision making (disaster management) or taking preventive measures (risk reduction) long before an event. To test capabilities of first responders, the commonly practiced methodology in disaster management is contingency exercises. In the context of our training approach we explore the wide experience provided by military research organizations with scenario analysis, situation awareness and gaming. The participants of the training course have to act in given scenarios reflecting possible risks, make decisions on interventions and gather experience about the specification and relevance of information needed. The outcome of the games are analyzed in considerable detail and discussed with experts working for relevant organizations. First results from Summer Schools in 2005 and 2006 indicate that participants highly value the approach and organizations dealing with disaster risk reduction or security are greatly interested to be involved in the exercise.
KeywordsCapacity building for security applications interdisciplinary setting integration games scenarios feedback
The training activities were supported by funds from the unallocated budget of GMOSS provided by the EC. This essential contribution is highly acknowledged.
The evolution of the training concept involved many colleagues from the GMOSS Network and represents a true team effort. When reflecting on the implementation and without diminishing the effort made by several GMOSS partners, there is one champion to be mentioned: Antonio de la Cruz from the European Satellite Centre. The Summer Schools so far would have been impossible to be organized without the invaluable contributions in time and content by Stefan Lang, Hermann Klug, Dirk Tiede, Elisabeth Schöpfer, Florian Albrecht, a.o. from our Center.
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