DoD tech demo supports humanitarian assistance, disaster response

Published Oct. 17, 2013
DOD Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response efforts.

DOD Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response efforts.

The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC)'s Matthew Bates, Environmental Laboratory, Richard Curran, Topographic Engineering Center, along with Timothy Clark, Army Geospatial Center (AGC) and Heather Bell, Pacific Disaster Center, recently presented an overview and live demonstration of technology being developed to support Department of Defense (DoD) Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response (HADR) efforts.

The demonstration was attended via webinar by staff from the DoD Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which facilitates humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and mine action, U.S. Southern Command SCJ7, which is the Civil-Military Assistance Humanitarian Assistance Program, ERDC and AGC.

The HADR Site Suitability Analytic Process project, funded by the Office of Naval Research and ERDC, is developing a platform for integrating geospatial, disaster-related country data through a multi-criteria decision analysis framework to help prioritize DoD investment in HADR projects.

Potential applications include integrating diverse data and metrics to evaluate and rank locations for HADR investment and identifying portfolios of projects to implement to best provide for local needs and achieve multi-faceted mission goals.