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Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2017-339
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04 Oct 2017
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Review article: The use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for natural hazards monitoring and management
Daniele Giordan1, Yuichi Hayakawa2, Francesco Nex3, Fabio Remondino4, and Paolo Tarolli5 1Istituto di Ricerca per la Protezione Idrogeologica, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
2Center for Spatial Information Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
3University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), The Netherlands
43D Optical Metrology (3DOM) Unit, Bruno Kessler Foundation (FBK), Trento, Italy
5Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova, Italy
Abstract. The number of scientific studies that consider possible applications of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for the management of natural hazards effects and the identification of occurred damages are strongly increased in last decade. Nowadays, in the scientific community, the use of these systems is not a novelty, but a deeper analysis of literature shows a lack of codified complex methodologies that can be used not only for scientific experiments but also for normal codified emergency operations. RPAS can acquire on-demand ultra-high resolution images that can be used for the identification of active processes like landslides or volcanic activities but also for the definition of effects of earthquakes, wildfires and floods. In this paper, we present a review of published literature that describes experimental methodologies developed for the study and monitoring of natural hazards.

Citation: Giordan, D., Hayakawa, Y., Nex, F., Remondino, F., and Tarolli, P.: Review article: The use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for natural hazards monitoring and management, Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-2017-339, in review, 2017.
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Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems can acquire on-demand ultra-high resolution images that can be used for the identification of active processes like landslides or volcanic activities but also for the definition of effects of earthquakes, wildfires and floods. In this paper, we present a review of published literature that describes experimental methodologies developed for the study and monitoring of natural hazards.
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