Managing Geohazards and Risks from space
Hazards and their associated risks plague most of the Earth’s surface and much of this is disproportional in its nature, distribution and impact. Addressing the health and safety needs of society as a whole is therefore problematic especially given that the knowledge, resources and effectiveness required are equally disproportional in their distribution and impact. Given the magnitude of the problem, space-borne technologies provide viable options and solutions for dealing with many of the hazards that currently face us in this century. The purpose of this session is to provide an opportunity for open discourse in the successful application of space-borne methods to locate, identify, warn and monitor various hazards by relying on individuals who can best deal with the potential effects of natural hazards. Particular emphasis will focus on advanced InSAR and other high resolution imaging techniques for monitoring and characterizing geohazards and damage assessment. Case studies and techniques using advances in satellite image processing and interpretation, LiDAR, photogrammetry and UAV for real-time warning and decision-support tools particularly in developing countries will be considered.
Peter Bobrowsky and Vern Singhroy