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Christchurch Earthquake Recovery a Seismic Flop

After the earthquake the disaaster response might go on for weeks, but disaster recovery goes on for years and sometimes even decades.

In the response phase everyone is motivated to work together and get things done. As the emergency fades into the past the old challenges of getting people to agree on courses of action becomes much more difficult.

The Christchurch's recovery efforts from the earthquake from almost four years is in the rear view mirror. The key to avoide these kind of issues is to have planniing and processing in place before an event occurs.

General questions which arrises are:

Who will make decisions? 

Which individuals and groups will have input? 

How will differences be resolved?

These are big issues to be sure. It's better to start tackling them now when there is no pressures of catastrophic damages staring on the face.

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A novel sampling framework will be developed that guides the in-situ data collection and integration process. Novel in-situ data collection tools (e.g. omni-directional imaging) will be included. Advanced analysis and processing of current and future space-based products will enhance the approach. Uncertainties will be fully considered. Soon-to-be-released space products such as DLR Global Urban Footprint will be validated and their integration with the proposed methodologies explored. Data needs for post-disaster recovery will be addressed within the same framework, resulting in a comprehensive methodological solution to the monitoring of time-varying indicators at multiple spatial scales throughout the disaster cycle.

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