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Remote Sensing of Urban Disaster Monitoring and Reduction

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Earth Observation for Emergency Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 January 2024) | Viewed by 2568

Special Issue Editors

Geoinformatics Unit, RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, Tokyo 103-0027, Japan
Interests: machine learning; classification; remote sensing

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Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100094, China
Interests: high-performance geo-computation; big earth data; data science
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1. School of Earth Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China
2. Zhejiang Provincial Key Laboratory of Geographic Information Science, Hangzhou 310058, China
Interests: spatio-temporal modeling; high-performance geocomputing; environmental geography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate-change-induced population shifts and economic growth are both contributing to a rise in the number of people living in areas vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. This Special Issue will cover all aspects of natural disasters that affect urban areas. Among the most prevalent natural disasters that can affect cities are volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, flooding, and climate-forcing extreme occurrences. Moreover, we would like to incorporate case studies of recent disasters that have affected urban areas and the response of local governments.

Growing access to Earth Observation geospatial data and the rapid development of AI technology have facilitated the use of remote sensing in urban disaster monitoring and reduction. In this Special Issue, we will focus on the impacts of urban disasters on urban areas using remote sensing data. We wish to showcase research papers, case studies, conceptual or analytic reviews, and policy-relevant articles with the aim to help minimize the impacts of urban disasters and their reductions. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • The development of the new capture methods of remote sensing data on urban disasters such as floods, tsunamis, landslides, etc.;
  • Muti-modal/temporal urban disaster monitoring;
  • Urban disaster monitoring by integrating remote-sensed images and social media data;
  • Hazards, vulnerability, recovery, and risk of urban disasters;
  • Urban disaster condition monitoring and loss assessment;
  • Urban disaster mitigation and adaptation;
  • Applications in natural disasters in urban areas;
  • Applications in natural disaster reduction.

Dr. Junshi Xia
Prof. Dr. Guoqing Li
Dr. Feng Zhang
Dr. Magaly Koch
Guest Editors

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  • remote sensing
  • urban disaster
  • monitoring and reduction

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Monitoring Urban Change in Conflict from the Perspective of Optical and SAR Satellites: The Case of Mariupol, a City in the Conflict between RUS and UKR
by Qihao Huang, Guowang Jin, Xin Xiong, Hao Ye and Yuzhi Xie
Remote Sens. 2023, 15(12), 3096; - 13 Jun 2023
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Modern armed conflicts can cause serious humanitarian disasters, and remote sensing technology is critical in monitoring war crimes and assessing post-war damage. In this study, a constrained energy minimization algorithm incorporating the feature bands (IFB-CEM) is designed to detect urban burning areas in [...] Read more.
Modern armed conflicts can cause serious humanitarian disasters, and remote sensing technology is critical in monitoring war crimes and assessing post-war damage. In this study, a constrained energy minimization algorithm incorporating the feature bands (IFB-CEM) is designed to detect urban burning areas in optical images. Due to the difficulty of obtaining the ground survey data of the battlefield, the dual-polarization normalized coherence index (DPNCI) is designed based on the multi-temporal synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image, and the quantitative inversion and evaluation of the destruction of urban architecture are combined with the public images on the Internet. The results show that the burning area is widely distributed in the armed conflict region, and the distribution is most concentrated around the Azovstal steel and iron works. The burning area reached its peak around 22 March, and its change is consistent with the conflict process in time and space. About 79.2% of the buildings in the city were severely damaged or completely destroyed, and there was a significant correlation with burning exposure. The results of this study show that publicly available medium-resolution remote sensing data and Internet information have the ability to respond quickly to the damage assessment of armed conflict and can provide preliminary reference information for dealing with humanitarian disasters. Full article
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