Integrated remotely sensed datasets for disaster management

Timothy McCarthy, Ronan Farrell, Andrew Curtis, Stewart Fotheringham

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4 Scopus citations


Video imagery can be acquired from aerial, terrestrial and marine based platforms and has been exploited for a range of remote sensing applications over the past two decades. Examples include coastal surveys using aerial video, route-corridor infrastructures surveys using vehicle mounted video cameras, aerial surveys over forestry and agriculture, underwater habitat mapping and disaster management. Many of these video systems are based on interlaced, television standards such as North America's NTSC and European SECAM and PAL television systems that are then recorded using various video formats. This technology has recently being employed as a front-line, remote sensing technology for damage assessment post-disaster. This paper traces the development of spatial video as a remote sensing tool from the early 1980s to the present day. The background to a new spatial-video research initiative based at National University of Ireland, Maynooth, (NUIM) is described. New improvements are proposed and include; low-cost encoders, easy to use software decoders, timing issues and interoperability. These developments will enable specialists and non-specialists collect, process and integrate these datasets within minimal support. This integrated approach will enable decision makers to access relevant remotely sensed datasets quickly and so, carry out rapid damage assessment during and post-disaster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
EventRemote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VIII - Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 15 2008Sep 18 2008


OtherRemote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring, GIS Applications, and Geology VIII
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityCardiff, Wales


  • GIS
  • GPS
  • Interoperability
  • Mobile devices
  • Mobile mapping
  • Navigation
  • Remote sensing
  • Spatial video

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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