A decision-support tool for post-disaster debris operations

Lorca A., ÇELİK M., Ergun O., Keskinocak P.

Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact (HumTech), Massachusetts, United States Of America, 12 - 14 May 2015, vol.107, pp.154-167 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 107
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.proeng.2015.06.069
  • City: Massachusetts
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.154-167
  • Keywords: debris management, disaster management, humanitarian logistics, decision-support tools, MANAGEMENT
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Debris generated by disasters can hinder relief efforts and result in devastating economic, environmental and health problems. In this paper, we present a decision-support tool to assist disaster and waste management officials with the collection, transportation, reduction, recycling, and disposal of debris. The tool enables optimizing and balancing the financial and environmental costs, duration of the removal operations, landfill usage, and the amount of recycled materials generated. It can support post-disaster operational decisions as well as the challenging task of developing strategic plans for disaster preparedness. (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier Ltd.