Title: Identifying damage caused by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake from VHR remote sensing data
Authors: EHRLICH DanieleGUO HuadongMOLCH KatrinMA JianwenPESARESI Martino
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH vol. 2 no. 4 p. 309-326
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC49969
ISSN: 1753-8947
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC49969
DOI: 10.1080/17538940902767401
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The paper discusses the potential of VHR satellite imagery for post-earthquake damage assessment in comparison with the role of aerial photographs. Post-disaster optical and radar satellite data are assessed for their ability to resolve collapsed buildings, destroyed transportation infrastructure, and specific land cover changes. Optical VHR imagery has shown to be effective in quantifying building stock and for assessing damage at the building level. High-resolution SAR imagery requires further research to identify optimum information extraction procedures for rapid assessment of affected buildings. Based on current technical and operational capabilities increasing efforts should be devoted to the generation of spatial datasets for disaster preparedness.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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