Supporting disaster risk reduction programs in the Philippines with geospatial analysis

Date & time: 9–10pm 21 September 2016, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia, Cnr Jerrabomberra Avenue and Hindmarsh Drive Symonston ACT
Speakers: Matthew Jakab, Geoscience Australia

Between 2008 and 2015, Geoscience Australia partnered with science and technical agencies in the Government of the Philippines to enhance their capacity to inform better disaster risk reduction. A key input to this work, supported by the Australian Aid program through DFAT, has been the development of value-added spatial information on the exposure, or 'elements at risk', to various natural hazards.

The focus of this work has been the Greater Metropolitan Manila Area, which ranks as the second most at-risk metropolitan areas in the world. This work has also incorporated development of governance framework for sustainable national exposure information development in the Philippines, which has attracted interest from many stakeholders and potential contributors in the Government of the Philippines.

Matthew Jakab is currently on a secondment to the Geospatial Solutions Section of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, but his substantive role at Geoscience Australia is the Disaster Geography Specialist in the Regional Development Section. Matthew completed a Bachelor of Geoinformatics and Surveying at the University of South Australia and has extensive experience in the application of surveying and the spatial sciences across three levels of government in Australia. Matthew has a strong interest in spatial analysis that supports urban and regional land use planning, environmental management, infrastructure development, emergency management and natural hazard risk analysis.

This talk is presented as part of the Distinguished Geoscience Australia Lecturer series.