Multi-hazard Detection by Integrating Social Media and Physical Sensors

  • Aibek MusaevEmail author
  • De Wang
  • Calton Pu


Disaster Management is one of the most important functions of the government. FEMA and CDC are two examples of government agencies directly charged with handling disasters, whereas USGS is a scientific agency oriented towards disaster research. But regardless of the type or purpose, each of the mentioned agencies utilizes Social Media as part of its activities. One of the uses of Social Media is in detection of disasters, such as earthquakes. But disasters may lead to other kinds of disasters, forming multi-hazards such as landslides. Effective detection and management of multi-hazards cannot rely only on one information source. In this chapter, we describe and evaluate a prototype implementation of a landslide detection system LITMUS, which combines multiple physical sensors and Social Media to handle the inherent varied origins and composition of multi-hazards. Our results demonstrate that LITMUS detects more landslides than the ones reported by an authoritative source.


LITMUS Social media Physical sensor Disaster management Landslide detection 



This research has been partially funded by National Science Foundation by CNS/SAVI (1250260, 1402266), IUCRC/FRP (1127904), CISE/CNS (1138666, 1421561), NetSE (0905493) programs, and gifts, grants, or contracts from Fujitsu, Singapore Government, and Georgia Tech Foundation through the John P. Imlay, Jr. Chair endowment. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or other funding agencies and companies mentioned above.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of ComputingGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaGeorgia

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