EO-KDZ - Implementation of an Earth-Observation Based Regional Crisis Data Center

In the frame of the project "EO-KDZ" (Earth Observation Krisendatenzentrum) it was intended to conceptually design and technically implement a regional and Earth observation based centre for crisis data. This mobile centre is characterised by several components of geoinformation, which are collected, analysed and value added near or in the affected areas.

Short Description

The dramatic increase of crises caused by natural hazards has created a strong demand for actual and specific geoinformation to enable a co-ordinated management of such events.

The components comprise Earth observation data from instantly submitted programming tasks for rapid analysis, mobile mapping data which are collected in the field for damage assessment as well as available GIS-data (infrastructure, traffic network, ...).

Concerning the Earth observation and mobile mapping components a comprehensive analysis regarding their timely availability and suitability for crisis management, risk assessment and natural hazard monitoring was performed. The technical implementation of the centre for crisis data was conducted via a demonstrator. From the hardware side the centre consists of several computers and mobile units in form of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), which are made available in case of activation.

The mobile units calculate their position and time by means of satellite navigation in combination with autonomous sensors. They are equipped with the relevant and specific image processing, data management and GIS software.

The field- collected data is transmitted to ERDAS TITAN, which serves as a system for data exchange and communication. Finally, ERDAS APOLLO, an OGC compliant data management system, is used to organize the huge amount of data. For demonstration purposes, data of the flooding in August 2005 in Austria and of the earthquake in May 2006 in Yogyakarta, Java/Indonesia, was implemented and analysed.

The derived information products were validated in collaboration with the end user regarding their effectiveness and accuracy. Further on, compatibility of the products with international centres for crisis information (e.g. of the German Remote Sensing Data Centre) was ensured to make use of data acquired in the frame of the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” as well.

Project Partners


GRID-IT Gesellschaft für angewandte Geoinformatik mbH


  • alpS – Centre for Natural Hazard and Risk Management
  • Universitätszentrum Rottenmann
  • University of Innsbruck, Institute of Geography

Contact Address

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Technikerstraße 21a
A-6020 Innsbruck
Tel.: +43 (512) 507 48 60
E-mail: office@grid-it.at
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