The case for low-cost, personalized visualization for enhancing natural hazard preparedness

Peter Gmelch, Raul Lejano, Evan O'Keeffe, Debra F. Laefer, Cady Drell, Michela Bertolotto, Ulrich Ofterdinger, Jennifer McKinley

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Each year, lives are needlessly lost to floods due to residents failing to heed evacuation advisories. Risk communication research suggests that flood warnings need to be more vivid, contextualized, and visualizable, in order to engage the message recipient. This paper makes the case for the development of a low-cost augmented reality tool that enables individuals to visualize, at close range and in three-dimension, their homes, schools, and places of work and worship subjected to flooding (modeled upon a series of federally expected flood hazard levels). This paper also introduces initial tool development in this area and the related data input stream.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-44
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
Issue numberM-2
StatePublished - 2020
EventAmerican Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ASPRS 2020 Annual Conference - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2020Jun 26 2020


  • Augmented Reality
  • Communication
  • Flood
  • Imagery
  • Risk
  • Virtual Reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Geography, Planning and Development


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