Kugler, Z (2012). Remote sensing for natural hazard mitigation and climate change impact assessment. IDOJARAS, 116(1), 21-38.
Geographic data and remote sensing have become sophisticated tools for obtaining knowledge on natural hazards of meteorological origin. In many cases the impact of disasters can not be prevented, however, efficient mitigation strategy and rapid response can reduce losses and damages in emergency situations. In addition, climate change is expected to increase the magnitude and frequency of natural hazards like extreme precipitation, floods, hurricanes, droughts. This paper aims at demonstrating the potential of satellite image analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for assisting disaster management before and during catastrophic events. Furthermore, it describes application of remote sensing to support climate change impact assessment on hydrological cycle in sensitive arctic regions. Divers applications in Hungary and around the world will illustrate the capabilities of the technology. Operational and scientific advantages of the practice will justify the use of geographical data in managing natural hazards with origin in meteorology. Not only for analyzing the hazard with an element at risk method but also for estimating the vulnerability factor accounting for physical and socio-economic resilience of the affected area.