The conference continues the tradition of the DRVC2011 and DRVC2014.
The Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference 2011 (DRVC2011) (www.disasterresearch.net) started out of the desire to see Disaster Professionals and students coming together from different disciplines and out of the idea that such a gathering of minds from disparate disciplines, but with the common chord of ‘disaster’ interlinking their interests would throw up interesting insights into this nascent field of study. It is a well-recognized fact that interdisciplinary research is the need of the hour, and this is especially true for the field of Disaster Management (DM). Conferences act as foci for exchanging ideas and for establishing new collaborations. Vibrant discussions
make conferences come alive. This compendium of papers from the DRVC2011 shows that the field of DM derives inputs from fields as far-ranging as Artificial Intelligence and Cumulus modelling to Psychology, Social mapping and onto Retrofitting and Structural Mapping. The premier research support and promotion agencies in India like the Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences and National Disaster Management Authority extended financial support to the conference, and this has helped us immensely in the proper organization of the conference and helped us in bringing out the conference proceedings without delay. The MG University is also thanked for the financial support and infrastructural facilities provided. The University needs special appreciation for having had the prescience to initiate India’s first full-time M.Sc. program in Disaster Management in 2006.
The support we have received from the State Disaster Management Authority is also thanked and we hope this conference will help in establishing strong links between the academia and the Government as represented by the KSDMA and ILDM. The IMA DM Cell Kerala deserves our thanks for coming up with the proposal for a session on Emergency Medicine. Similarly the NDRF is thanked for their exhibition and demonstration on disaster equipment. Their quiet confidence and professionalism is reassuring in our times of exponentially increasing natural and man-made disasters. We also thank all our colleagues, students, researchers and staff of the School of Environmental Sciences, as well as of the Advanced Centre of Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development, MG University who took an active interest in the organization of the conference. Prof. A.P.Thomas is thanked for planting the idea of the conference. , The discerning participant, who is to be thanked, for your dedication to the cause of learning and research and for taking pains to come over to this southern tip of the Indian subcontinent in pursuit of excellence in Disaster Research.
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The Disaster, Risk and Vulnerability Conference (DRVC) 2014 is an outcome of the interest that was generated
and the requests for a repeat of the first DRVC, which was held in the School of Environmental Sciences (SES), MG University, Kottayam, in March 2011. The world has witnessed a series of disasters over the intervening period and the Uttarakhand flood was the most devastating and immediate amongst those. Each disaster brings upon us the onerous task of conducting a postmortem, and inevitably the harsh reality of lessons not learned becomes evident. It is in this context that conferences like the DRVC gain importance as avenues where practitioners from diverse areas that touch upon disasters could come together and listen to each other, share ideas and experiences and discuss possible success stories that could be replicated elsewhere. The papers that populate this volume range from those utilizing technology to tackle disasters or mitigate their effects to those that look at post-disaster interventions, community based adaptation strategies to GIS based disaster management strategies. The University of Kerala is specially thanked for sponsoring the conference at short notice. The Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) has been very quick to approve the proposal for the DRVC2014, and on behalf of the Organizing Committee I extend my sincere gratitude to the KSCSTE. The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has been keenly associated with the DRVC2011 and had subsequently maintained a close contact with the SES, MG University, which in turn lead to the AERB extending their sponsorship to this progamme. I thank the Secretary, AERB for his support of this conference and for readily agreeing to be part of the inaugural function. The Institute of Land and Disaster Management of the Govt of Kerala (Dept of Revenue) is a co-organizer of the conference, and I thank them for the association which has helped in the planning and execution of this event. I also thank all my colleagues for their unstinting support in organizing this conference. All the students of the department are thanked for their generous help, and I especially thank my doctoral students, Rajesh and Prasanth, and Saran, an alumnus of the M.Sc. Disaster Management program of SES, MGU for assisting me in all aspects of the conduct of the DRVC2014. Finally, I thank all the delegates who have send in their papers and have gathered here from far and near, for their support and presence here. I also thank the associates of this conference: the Stuttgart, Germanybased Applied Geoinformatics for Society and Environment (AGSE) headed by Prof.Dr.Ing.FranzJosef Behr, the Stuttgart Active Alumni Group (SAAG), the Charitable Society for Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Response Training (CHAERT), and the Indian Institute of Emergency Medical Services (IIEMS) for their contributions in the conduct of this conference.
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