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Remote Sensing Supporting the Inventorying and Analysis of Ground Instabilities Scenarios Induced by Earthquakes

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2024 | Viewed by 1633

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Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Via G. Di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino, FR, Italy
Interests: engineering geology; landslides; geotechnical monitoring; rock and soil mechanics; near-surface geophysics

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Department of Earth Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome and CERI—Research Centre for Geological Risks, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: numerical modelling of slope stability; rock mechanics; landslide susceptibility; landslide monitoring; remote sensing; infrared thermography

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Department of Earth Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome and CERI—Research Centre for Geological Risks, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
Interests: engineering geology; natural hazards; landslide; local seismic response; numerical modelling
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Dear Colleagues,

Landslides, ground cracks, surface faulting and liquefactions are the most common seismically induced ground effects in areas affected by seismic shaking. The resulting seismic-induced scenario and the spatial distribution of direct and indirect effects are controlled by the type and magnitude of the seismic trigger and can be retrieved based on direct survey and/or multiple remote image acquisitions carried out by UAVs, aerial or satellite platforms, functional to their inventorying and analysis. In this sense, remote sensing techniques also support assessing the distribution of variables such as soil moisture, snow and vegetation covers, which deserve the role of predisposing and preparatory factors for seismically induced scenarios. The coexistence of these factors directly influences the characteristics of the resulting earthquake-induced scenarios, featuring the size and intensity of the effects, clustering, and cascading consequences.

As a result of the recent upgrade in coverage, geometric and radiometric resolution experienced by remotely sensed images and the progress achieved in image analysis processing, we can now acquire images of large areas affected by a seismic event, improving coverage and completeness of the catalogues over large areas, as recently occurred with the Turkish–Syrian earthquake.

This Special Issue aims to focus on all the remote sensing applications that have enabled detection of irregularities over a large area of landslides, or other types of ground effects, induced by high-magnitude earthquakes that have occurred worldwide. Another topic of interest is linked to ground-effect scenarios induced by low-magnitude earthquakes, which can, however, give rise to outliers in expected spatial distribution, as the effect of the simultaneous action on the affected area of predisposing or preparatory factors, which can increase the areal proneness to ground instabilities.

We encourage the submission of research papers, reviews, technical notes and brief reports in which the remote sensing techniques have been employed to recent earthquakes and case histories of earthquake-induced landslides, the reconstructions of new inventories, the analysis of single cases or earthquake-induced scenarios at regional scales in remote/large areas.

Dr. Matteo Fiorucci
Dr. Gian Marco Marmoni
Prof. Dr. Salvatore Martino
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Keywords

  • earthquake-induced landslides
  • landslide distribution
  • landslide scenarios
  • co/post-seismic landslides surveying and monitoring
  • remote sensing applied to landslides
  • SAR, DInSAR, GBInSAR interferometry
  • photointerpretation
  • environmental monitoring

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Analysis of Earthquake-Triggered Landslides through an Integrated Unmanned Aerial Vehicle-Based Approach: A Case Study from Central Italy
by Luca Schilirò, Luigi Massaro, Giovanni Forte, Antonio Santo and Paolo Tommasi
Remote Sens. 2024, 16(1), 93; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs16010093 - 25 Dec 2023
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Abstract
Landslides are one of the most hazardous(危险) secondary(二次) effects of earthquakes(地震) due(由于) to the potential(潜在) for large-scale(规模) damage(损伤) and long-term(学期) alterations to landscapes. During the 2016–2017 seismic sequence(序列) in Central Italy, many earthquake(地震)-triggered landslides (EQTLs) affected the road network(网络) and mountain trails. In [...] Read more.
Landslides are one of the most hazardous(危险) secondary(二次) effects of earthquakes(地震) due(由于) to the potential(潜在) for large-scale(规模) damage(损伤) and long-term(学期) alterations to landscapes. During the 2016–2017 seismic sequence(序列) in Central Italy, many earthquake(地震)-triggered landslides (EQTLs) affected the road network(网络) and mountain trails. In this study, a methodological approach(方法) for analysing EQTLs, based on data(数据) derived from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveys, is shown. The approach(方法) is applied to investigate(探讨) the geometric, structural(结构), geomechanical, and kinematic features of the Foce rockslide, which is introduced in the back analysis(分析). The investigation(调查) involved three main(主要) steps: (i) set up of UAV-based Virtual Outcrop Models (VOMs) of the slope(边坡), (ii) a geomechanical characterisation of the rock mass(大众) through the VOM interpretation(解释) and conventional(常规) field data(数据), and (iii) 3D Limit Equilibrium (LE) slope(边坡) stability(稳定性) analyses(分析). This study highlights the potential(潜在) of UAV surveys for providing valuable(宝贵) data(数据) for stability(稳定性) analyses(分析), especially in emergency(紧急) conditions such(这样) as in the aftermath of seismic events. Full article
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