Sample Twitter and YouTube feeds

Our team has added a couple of sample feeds to the portal – see Twitter and YouTube feeds in the Resources menu. Both sample feeds obtain up-to-date messages from the corresponding sources using particular search terms, such as landslide, etc. and display them on the screen using JavaScript. Currently, messages are displayed as is without any additional processing, that is why you can see a lot of messages that are unrelated to disasters. And, finally, a disclaimer: this is a work in progress and should be treated as such.

Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)

Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) is a joint project between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) designed to monitor and study tropical rainfall. A link to some of their data has been added under the Data, feeds page in the Resources area of the portal. In particular, TRMM provides a series of quasi-global, near-real-time precipitation estimates on a global 0.25 ° x0.25 ° grid over the latitude band 50 ° N-S within about seven hours of observation time.

Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Analysis

Back in 2005 the World Bank released a report titled “Natural Disaster Hotspots: A Global Analysis”. It analyzes the location and characteristics of hotspots for six hazards, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, floods, drought and cyclones. Areas of risk are depicted in several excellent global maps. A corresponding citation has been added to the Publications page as well as the links to some of the maps under the Resources page in the portal.

Emergency Situation Awareness from Twitter for Crisis Management

An external publication has been added to the Publications page: Mark A. Cameron, Robert Power, Bella Robinson, Jie Yin “Emergency Situation Awareness from Twitter for Crisis Management”, SWDM 2012. It describes the work done at CSIRO ICT Centre, Australia to detect, assess, summarize, and report messages of interest published by Twitter for crisis coordination purposes.