Post-Disaster Image Processing for Damage Analysis Using GENESI-DR, WPS, and Grid Computing

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BIELSKI Conrad ; GENTILINI Simone ; PAPPALARDO Marco (2010)
  • Publisher: MDPI
  • Journal: Remote Sensing (issn: 2072-4292)
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.3390/rs3061234
  • Subject: image processing | Q | security | Science | building damage assessment | post-disaster | web processing service

The goal of the two year Ground European Network for Earth Science Interoperations-Digital Repositories (GENESI-DR) project was to build an open and seamless access service to Earth science digital repositories for European and world-wide science users. In order to showcase GENESI-DR, one of the developed technology demonstrators focused on fast search, discovery, and access to remotely sensed imagery in the context of post-disaster building damage assessment. This paper describes the scenario and implementation details of the technology demonstrator, which was developed to support post-disaster damage assessment analyst activities. Once a disaster alert has been issued, response time is critical to providing relevant damage information to analysts and/or stakeholders. The presented technology demonstrator validates the GENESI-DR project data search, discovery and security infrastructure and integrates the rapid urban area mapping and the near real-time orthorectification web processing services to support a post-disaster damage needs assessment analysis scenario. It also demonstrates how the GENESI-DR SOA can be linked to web processing services that access grid computing resources for fast image processing and use secure communication to ensure confidentiality of information.
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