Dynamic mapping methods oriented to risk and disaster management in the era of big data

Acronym: GIS4DIS

Project Period: 1. 4. 2017 - 31. 12. 2019

Investor: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech Republic)


Project Description

The project is focused on collecting and processing data from different sources and their cartographic presentation in real time (ie. rapid mapping) for crisis management. Efficient methods will be developed for gathering, processing, integration and sharing of spatial data that can be used by entities involved in emergency situations - rescue system, state and local governments and others. These include sensor data from various types of sensor networks, volunteer geographic information (VGI), data obtained through social networking and others, which will be chosen according to their relevance to specific types of emergency situation. Our goal is a generation of cartographic representations from the data gathered that will be used as an effective tool to support the solution of crisis situation.

The project responds to the unresolved issue in the field of early warning and crisis management and builds on current trends of cartography in the era of big data. The amount of data available is constantly increasing, however such an amount of data is difficult to handle. The main benefit of the project is the development of methods for dynamic generation of maps for different regions and crisis events using methods of web cartography using appropriate rules for crisis management. The aim is to create a software environment for creating maps for crisis management in real time, which will be verified in both participating countries.

Both project partners have extensive project experience in a dynamic cartography, the sharing should bring a synergy effect. The Czech side (represented by Masaryk University) has greater experience with cartographic support of early warning and crisis management, and the Chinese side (represented by Nanjing Normal University) has many years' experience in dealing with different types of disasters and advanced technological base in the field of geoinformatics research. The Chinese partner will participate in research in theoretical aspects of the project and develop and implement software tools.

Collaboration with the Chinese partner allows access to a large amount of input data, types of crisis situations, as well as greater variability in test groups involved in the crisis management process. Ultimately, this means significant acceleration of research in this area compared with only limited input from the Czech Republic. For both parties the processing and testing within different cultural environments is also a path to greater robustness of the design of visual representations.

Masaryk UniversityMU logo

Laboratory on Geoinformatics and Cartography, Department of Geography, Faculty of Science

project coordinator: Prof. Dr. Milan Konečný, Ph.D.

team members:

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Petr Kubíček, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tomáš Řezník, Ph.D.

Zdeněk Stachoň, Ph.D.

Karel Staněk, Ph.D.

Radim Štampach, Ph.D.

Dr. Lukáš Herman


Nanjing Normal UniversityNJN logo

Key Laboratory of Virtual Geographic Environment, School of Geography Science

project coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Jie Shen



Prof. Dr. Milan Konečný, Ph.D.

+420 549 495 135


Department of Geography
Faculty of Science
Masaryk University
Kotlářská 2
61137 Brno
Czech Republic