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Flood Prevention and Emergency Response System Powered by Google Earth Engine

Version 1 : Received: 4 July 2018 / Approved: 4 July 2018 / Online: 4 July 2018 (15:33:44 CEST)

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Liu, C.-C.; Shieh, M.-C.; Ke, M.-S.; Wang, K.-H. Flood Prevention and Emergency Response System Powered by Google Earth Engine. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1283. Liu, C.-C.; Shieh, M.-C.; Ke, M.-S.; Wang, K.-H. Flood Prevention and Emergency Response System Powered by Google Earth Engine. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1283.

Journal reference: Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 1283
DOI: 10.3390/rs10081283

Abstract

This paper reports the efforts made and experiences gained in developing the Flood Prevention and Emergency Response System (FPERS) powered by Google Earth Engine, with focus on its applications at the three stages of floods. At the post-flood stage, FPERS integrates various remote sensing imageries, including Formosat-2 optical imagery, to detect and monitor barrier lakes, synthetic aperture radar imagery to derive an inundation map, and high-spatial-resolution photographs taken by unmanned aerial vehicles to evaluate damage to river channels and structures. At the pre-flood stage, a huge amount of geospatial data are integrated in FPERS and are categorized as typhoon forecast and archive, disaster prevention and warning, disaster events and analysis, or basic data and layers. At the during-flood stage, three strategies are implemented to facilitate the access of the real-time data: presenting the key information, making a sound recommendation, and supporting the decision-making. The example of Typhoon Soudelor in August of 2015 is used to demonstrate how FPERS was employed to support the work of flood prevention and emergency response from 2013 to 2016. The capability of switching among different topographic models and the flexibility of managing and searching data through a geospatial database are also explained, and suggestions are made for future works.

Subject Areas

flood; disaster prevention; emergency response; decision making, Google earth engine

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