The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) will participate in IGARSS 2019 conference in Yokohama (Japan) on July 28 - August 2, 2019.
LIST will be represented by Ramona Pelich and Marco Chini, members of the Remote Sensing and Natural Resources Modelling team. They will conduct the full day tutorial entitled "Natural Disasters and Hazards Monitoring using Earth Observation". In collaboration with Wataru Takeuchi from the The University of Tokyo, Young-Joo Kwak from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Japan and Vitaliy Yurchenko from iGeo AS, they will talk about the use of earth observation data in disaster and hazard monitoring.
In recent years, natural disasters, i.e., hydro-geo-meteorological hazards and risks, have been frequently experienced by both developing and developed countries. For instance, in July 2018, Japan has been affected by a typhoon associated with torrential rainfall that have triggered cascading and interacting hazards such as catastrophic landslides and flash floods in south-west Japan. Thus, assessing the utility of Earth Observation (EO) data in a timely manner when a disaster occurs, and its limitations are essential sources of information in early-stage emergency response. In this framework, interpreting and visualizing EO data along with proposing algorithms that can systematically extract meaningful information in a timely manner, are necessary requirements for EO-based disaster and hazards monitoring. With this aim, the tutorial provides theoretical and practical knowledge for mapping hazard and managing natural disasters using advanced satellite EO data including both Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Optical data. This tutorial gives a comprehensive understanding of algorithms and methods that are applied for mapping changes by means of EO data, available immediately after a disaster occurs. Several lectures focused on floods and landslides along with a hands-on session will give the opportunity to all participants to learn more about the practical EO tools available for rapid-response information and also about advanced EO-based algorithms.
The aim of this tutorial is to provide a series of substantial and balanced presentations for the use of EO data in disaster and hazard monitoring. A comprehensive introduction along with several illustrative examples will show the use of both space-borne SAR and Optical sensors for mapping various types of damages caused by different disasters. Then we will focus our attention on Floods and Landslides, as particular types of disasters with important consequences at a global scale. For flood monitoring, a detailed presentation about the use of space-borne SAR data for flood monitoring will be given and will include both theoretical aspects and experimental results. This lecture will include several illustrations of Sentinel-1A&B, ALOS/ALOS-2 SAR images. The next lecture will present several methodologies employed for Optical flood monitoring along with illustrative results. Then, the landslide lecture, firstly presenting the landslide types, will give details about EO-based landslide monitoring methodologies along with experimental results containing on-site data. In addition to the detailed lectures concerning floods and landslides, several EO-based platforms that allow performing rapid disaster mapping will be presented.
> Find all information about the conference and the tutorial at igarss2019.org.