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Methodologies for Post-Earthquake Building Damage Detection Using SAR and Optical Remote Sensing: Application to the August 17, 1999 Marmara, Turkey Earthquake.
Huyck, C. K.; Adams, B. J.; Cho, S.; Eguchi, R. T.; Mansouri, B.; Houshmand, B.
National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Earthquake Engineering Research Centers Program., June 15, 2004, 192 p.
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The study described in this report explores how remote sensing technology can bring significant benefits to post-earthquake response and recovery activities, through improved urban damage detection. The Marmara, Turkey earthquake of August 17, 1999 is used as a testbed, as one of the first earthquakes where a temporal sequence of 'before' and 'after' optical and radar imagery was available. The authors present a series of qualitative and quantitative methodological procedures and algorithms, which can be used to characterize the location, severity and extent of building damage. This study paves the way for subsequent research, employing very high-resolution imagery acquired by the new generation of optical satellites.
Damage assessment; Synthetic aperture radar; Algorithms; Location; Severity; Qualitative data; Buildings; High resolution; Quantitative data; Remote sensing; Optical sensors; Detection; Imagery; Marmara Turkey Earthquake; Earthquakes