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-SIG Chair: Dennis Finlayson and Jae Yu+SIG Chair: Dennis Finlayson and Gerhard Chroust ​and
-Conflicts ​and crisis situations around ​the Globe are regularly covered by the media while well-researched histories ​of such events are also commonly available. Especially where these situations have persisted over long periods conventional approaches to analysis would appear inadequate. These are precisely the contexts that systemic thinkers have the opportunity to offer richer approaches drawing on proven ideas within system theory such as requisite variety, for example.+Adequate response to disasters is a growing global need and a social responsibility in view of the seemingly growing number ​of regional disasters and catastrophes endangering a growing number of people.
-Similarly, critical thinkers might consider that the boundaries ​of relevant analyses might be redrawn ​and/or that a different vocabulary be sought? Clearly in any multi faceted ​and multi-stakeholder crisis quantitative modeling would be expected ​to offer complementary ​tools to the more obvious applications ​of soft methodsbut both need to be non naive in their assumptions,​ well researched ​in their information ​based and, as far as possible, expressed in accessible forms, if they are to find an audience beyond ​of the systems community i.e. reach policy makersemergency professionals ​as well as the communities they seek to serve.+Natural disasters show a disturbing inclination to emergent effects which challenge ​the resilience ​of the affected people ​and societies. The ability of communities ​and international agencies in responding ​ constructively has to be continually strengthened ​to address the ever growing demands imposed on them. Systems Thinking could and should ​offer models and tools for assisting in this process. 
 +Disaster mitigation, preparedness,​ response and recovery are essential.  
 +Today’s information and communication technologies (ICT) can support and improve above activities, often in ways not anticipated previously (e.g. utilizing social media, virtual reality support, fine-grained -simulation),​ providing speedy aggregation,​ simulation, interpretation,​ and presentation of information for the support ​of response activities. Therefore key issues are on the one handhow to support communities ​in becoming more resilient and on the other how to provide response agencies with more and better resources ​in order to assist them at all stages of preparation and response. 
 +Potential topics (not excluding others) are: 
 +Chained and interacting disasters,​ 
 +ICT support and predictions ​based on social media traffic 
 +Psychological ​and cultural aspects of disaster management, 
 +Warning and protection systems for stakeholders and victims 
 +Current Disaster Management Research Programs worldwide. 
 +Authors ​are invited ​to submit ​an extended abstract and/or paper for this session ​of the ISSS 2015 conference according to the guidelines for ISSS 2015 before June 302013 (but better earlier so as to receive comments in time!).
 Please email further inquiries to the SIG chair email. Please email further inquiries to the SIG chair email.
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