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Remote sensing support for the World Trade Center recovery effort
Author(s): William E. Roper
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Paper Abstract

The major focus of the paper is on the use of remote sensing systems in providing planning and advise in support of ground operations at the World Trade Center site and the related debris processing and disposal sites in the New York area. A summary of the World Trade Center recovery effort is presented. This was the largest most complex recovery effort of this nature ever to occur in the United States. Remote sensing was only a part of the total recovery activity but did provide important assistance throughout the recovery operation. Samples of geospatial technologies used in the recovery are reviewed. These include 3-D visualization, thermal infrared imagery, LIDAR data systems, IKONOS one- meter panchromatic imagery, SPOT imagery and the use of digital aerial imagery. The general area of disaster response management is also addressed and the findings of various studies in this area are related to the World Trade Center disaster. Observations and lessons learned from the World Trade Center disaster response are discussed with recommendations for the use of remote sensing systems and products in future disaster situations are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4741, Battlespace Digitization and Network-Centric Warfare II, (6 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.478721
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William E. Roper, George Washington Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4741:
Battlespace Digitization and Network-Centric Warfare II
Raja Suresh; William E. Roper; William E. Roper, Editor(s)

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