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Geo-spatial Dynamic Response Assessment Tool (GeoDRAT) Platform

Note: 3-D view with thematic overlay of Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador (VRML scene requires install of browser client and geospatial extension).

Principal Investigator
Chris S. Renschler

Sponsor
Environment & Society Institute (University at Buffalo)

Collaborators
Michael Sheridan, Director (Center for Geohazard Studies, University at Buffalo)
David Palacios Estremera, Professor (Facultad de Geografia Fisica, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain)

Research Assistants
Jorge Bajo, Luis Miguel Tanarro Garcia, Alexandre Sorokine, Laercio Namikawa, Yuxia Huang, Esperanza Salinas

Abstract (more details get this flyer in PDF:  or  ):
GeoDRAT is a decentralized system for access and processing of geo-spatial data that is based on standardized and agreed-upon protocols. GeoDRAT is extensible, buzzword-compliant, platform-independent and does not preclude access from mobile devices. The main GeoDRAT functions are access, cataloging, discovery, conversion and processing of spatial data. The purpose of GeoDRAT is to provide a framework for effective and seamless spatial data sharing for environmental modeling community. GeoDRAT is targeted at reducing costs of handling spatial data in the projects involving geo-visualization, environmental modeling and decision-making components.

Key Features:

  • Import available Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), geological maps, satellite images, and lots of other geo-spatial data
  • Derive topographical parameters to prepare model exercise
  • Simulate a variety of potential hazards and assess potential strategy to react in a dynamic fashion.

Acknowledgements
Pete Hall, Instituto Geofisico of the Escuela Politecnica Nacional in Quito provided the geologic map and Oscar Sorensen of Michigan Technical University of Haughton, Michigan, supplied the Digital Elevation Model for the Tungurahua Volcano project.