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Is physical vulnerability helpful in SAR-based seismic damage assessment? A preliminary study

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4 Author(s)
Dell'Acqua, F. ; Inf. & Ind. Eng. Dept., Univ. of Pavia, Pavia, Italy ; Lanese, I. ; Polli, D.A. ; Gamba, P.

Remote sensing is proving very useful for identifying damage and planning support activities after an earthquake has stricken. Radar sensors increasingly show their value as a tool for damage detection, due to their shape-sensitiveness, their extreme versatility and operability all weather conditions. The previous work of our research group, conducted on 1-m resolution Spotlight images produced by COSMO-SkyMed, has led to the discovery of a link between some selected texture measures, computed on radar maps over single blocks of an urban area, and the damage found in these neighborhoods. Texture-to-damage correlation was used to develop a SAR-based damage assessment method, but significant residual within-class variability makes estimations sometimes unreliable. Among the possible remedies the injection of physical vulnerability data into the model was suggested. This paper reports on a preliminary attempt in this direction.

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Advances in Radar and Remote Sensing (TyWRRS), 2012 Tyrrhenian Workshop on

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12-14 Sept. 2012