Natural Hazards in a Digital World: Algorithms for using social media in disaster management

09/29/2020

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Natural Hazards in a Digital World: Algorithms for using social media in disaster management

J.A. de Bruijn

Prof. J.C.J.H. Aerts and co-supervisor Dr H. de Moel

Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM)

Earth and Life Sciences

PhD conferral

Abstract

Cover de BruijnThis PhD research focusses on the use of social media in disaster management. First, a global flood detection model is created. To this extend, tweets in 12 languages are collected, localized based on the mentions of locations, classified as flood-related or not. Finally, these localized and classified tweets are used to detect enhanced flood-related Twitter activity in about certain regions, which can then be labelled as floods. In addition, we perform a study on the integration of social media data in damage assessments.