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Ninth International Workshop on Remote Sensing for Disaster Response

The 9th International Workshop on Remote Sensing for Disaster Response was held at Stanford University on September 15–16, 2011 and was one of the most successful workshops to date in this series; over 40 participants from five countries (U.S., Japan, New Zealand, UK and the Netherlands) delivered 25 presentations on a broad set of topics dealing with recent worldwide earthquakes, tsunami effects, earthquake effects, hurricane effects, wildfires, damage detection methodologies, building inventory development, and new and emerging technologies for disaster response. In addition, because of the devastating effects caused by the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake, a special session was organized to learn from this event.  A common conclusion from this session was that remote sensing played an important role in rapid delineation of tsunami run-up areas and in quantifying the amount of debris generated by this devastating event.


Prior to this workshop, a one-day Symposium on Remote Sensing for Disaster Response was held in order to discuss the future directions of remote sensing technologies in rapid information extraction for disaster response. Close to 90 participants attended this symposium including first responders, government agencies, data providers, academia, researchers, and industry. Six presentations were given focusing on NASA technologies for disaster management, commercial imagery for rapid response, navigating the transition from imagery to information, towards an information supply chain, towards the operation use of remote sensing for disaster response, and a wish list for rapid disaster mappers and analysts.  In addition, a lively panel discussion followed where members of the audience interacted with the panel experts on a variety of topics, including availability and release of imagery, and priorities for future research.


Workshop Sponsors:


John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center, Stanford University

Risk Management Solutions Inc. (RMS)

ImageCat Inc.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER)

Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER)


Participants of the 9th Workshop on Remote Sensing in front of the Huang Center