Quotation Hakimifar, Mohammadmehdi, Balcik, Burcu, Fikar, Christian, Hemmelmayr, Vera, Wakolbinger, Tina. 2021. Evaluation of field visit planning heuristics during rapid needs assessment in an uncertain post-disaster environment. Annals of Operations Research.




A Rapid Needs Assessment process is carried out immediately after the onset of a disaster to investigate the disaster’s impact on affected communities, usually through field visits. Reviewing practical humanitarian guidelines reveals that there is a great need for decision support for field visit planning in order to utilize resources more efficiently at the time of great need. Furthermore, in practice, there is a tendency to use simple methods, rather than advanced solution methodologies and software; this is due to the lack of available computational tools and resources on the ground, lack of experienced technical staff, and also the chaotic nature of the post-disaster environment. We present simple heuristic algorithms inspired by the general procedure explained in practical humanitarian guidelines for site selection and routing decisions of the assessment teams while planning and executing the field visits.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Annals of Operations Research
Citation Index SCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, INF-A, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title Evaluation of field visit planning heuristics during rapid needs assessment in an uncertain post-disaster environment
Year 2021
Reviewed? Y
URL https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007/s10479-021-04274-y.pdf
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10479-021-04274-y
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10479-021-04274-y


Hakimifar, Mohammadmehdi (Former researcher)
Fikar, Christian (Former researcher)
Hemmelmayr, Vera (Details)
Wakolbinger, Tina (Details)
Balcik, Burcu (Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1121 Operations research (Details)
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