A preliminary reconnaissance report featuring remotely sensed data from the Boumerdes, Algeria earthquake of May 21, 2003 is available on the MCEER web site. This reconnaissance report, written by Beverley Adams, Charles Huyck and Ron Eguchi of ImageCat, Inc., includes a series of photos taken before and after the quake that clearly show how visual comparison provides a quick look method for identifying collapsed buildings.
The report is part of research efforts funded by MCEER to develop automated methods of building damage detection using high resolution satellite imagery, which will ultimately offer real time damage assessments for emergency responders. To view the report, go to http://mceer. buffalo.edu/research/boumerdes/default.asp