On September 12, 2003, 15 leading experts in the field of remote sensing technologies met to discuss its use in and application for improved disaster response. Specific topics included the following:
Using airborne or satellite technologies for disaster mitigation and response
Detecting damage to bridges and/or transportation systems
Detecting damage to buildings or large urban areas
Creating building and infrastructure inventories
Use in recent earthquakes, including the 2003 Algerian earthquake
Potential use for earthquake reconnaissance investigations
The format was a mix of presentations by the participants and discussion sessions focused on a particular aspect of remote sensing technologies, such as post-earthquake reconnaissance, and identifying important research needs.
As a result of the workshop, the participants agreed to form an Ad Hoc Committee to outline how remote sensing technologies can help in post-earthquake reconnaissance field activities, damage detection for large regions, and quantifying or characterizing exposure or vulnerability of large mega cities or areas (international focus). This committee could be under the auspices of EERI and its information technology committee.
A second workshop is planned for a year from now, to continue the efforts and activities begun this year to develop, improve, adapt and implement remote sensing technologies for post-disaster response.
Hosted by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and held at the Beckman Center of the National Academies, the workshop was sponsored by EERI, MCEER, UCI and the U.S. DOT, Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA). Ron Eguchi, ImageCat, Inc. and M. Shinozuka, UCI, organized the workshop.
Contact Ron Eguchi, firstname.lastname@example.org, for additional information about the workshop.