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Automatic swimming pool identification for fire suppression
Author(s): Bo Fitzsimmons; Heidi Buck
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Paper Abstract

Southern California experienced some of the largest wildfires ever seen in 2003 and 2007. The Cedar fire in 2003 resulted in 2,820 lost structures and 15 deaths, and the Witch fire in 2007 resulted in 1,650 lost structures and 2 deaths according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE). Fighting fires of this magnitude requires every available resource, and an adequate water supply is vital in the firefighting arsenal. Utilizing the fact that many homes in Southern California have swimming pools, firefighters could have access to strategically placed water supplies. The problem is accurately and quickly identifying which residences have actively filled swimming pools at the time of the emergency. The proposed method approaches the problem by employing satellite imagery and remote sensing techniques. Specifically, swimming pool identification is attempted with Spectral Angle Mapper (SAM) on multispectral imagery from the Worldview-2 satellite.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 October 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8515, Imaging Spectrometry XVII, 85150B (15 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.927774
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Bo Fitzsimmons, Space and Naval Warfare Ctr. Pacific (United States)
Heidi Buck, Space and Naval Warfare Ctr. Pacific (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8515:
Imaging Spectrometry XVII
Sylvia S. Shen; Paul E. Lewis, Editor(s)

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