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The Vulnerability of a City - Diagnosis from a Bird's Eye View

Taubenböck, Hannes (2011) The Vulnerability of a City - Diagnosis from a Bird's Eye View. In: INTECH Publishers . pp. 107-128. ISBN 978-953-307-552-5..

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Official URL: http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/the-vulnerability-of-a-city-diagnosis-from-a-bird-s-eye-view

Abstract

When the tsunami in the Indian Ocean on 26 December 2004 hit the city of Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, neither the city administration nor its inhabitants, nor national or international organisations were prepared. Approximately 60.000 of the 260.000 inhabitants died, leaving other 30.000 homeless and causing an enormous impact on the local economy. In the aftermath of this event tsunami early warning system were developed and are operated today (e. g. the German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System – GITEWS (Lauterjung, 2005)). However, the problem of earthquake or tsunami prediction in a deterministic sense has not been solved yet (Zschau et al, 2002). Thus, an end-to-end tsunami early warning system includes not only the tsunami warning, but also the assessment of vulnerability, perception studies, evacuation modeling, eventually leading to technical requirements for monitoring stations and recommendations for adaptation and mitigation strategies (Taubenböck et al., 2009a). In this study we address several specific questions on the capabilities of one discipline – remote sensing – for diagnosing the multi-faceted and complex vulnerability of a city: • Which remotely sensed data sets are appropriate analyzing vulnerability in highly complex urban landscapes? • What capabilities and limitations does urban remote sensing have regarding mapping, analysis and assessment of risks and vulnerability? • How can interdisciplinary approaches extend the applicability of earth observation?

Document Type:Book Section
Title:The Vulnerability of a City - Diagnosis from a Bird's Eye View
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Taubenböck, Hannes hannes.taubenboeck@dlr.de
Date:January 2011
Refereed publication:Yes
Page Range:pp. 107-128
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Mörner, N.-A. UNSPECIFIED
Publisher:INTECH Publishers
ISBN:978-953-307-552-5.
Status:Published
Keywords:Urban remote sensing, Risk, Vulnerability, Hazard
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Geowissenschaftl. Fernerkundungs- und GIS-Verfahren (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Dr. Hannes Taubenböck
Deposited On:09 Feb 2011 19:19
Last Modified:22 Apr 2013 11:15

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