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Cultural Heritage Sites in Danger—Towards Automatic Damage Detection from Space

Cerra, Daniele and Plank, Simon and Lysandrou, Vasiliki and Tian, Jiaojiao (2016) Cultural Heritage Sites in Danger—Towards Automatic Damage Detection from Space. Remote Sensing, 8 (9), pp. 1-15. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/rs8090781. ISSN 2072-4292.

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Official URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/8/9/781


The intentional damage to local Cultural Heritage sites carried out in recent months by the Islamic State have received wide coverage from the media worldwide. Earth Observation data provide important information to assess this damage in such non-accessible areas, and automated image processing techniques will be needed to speed up the analysis if a fast response is desired. This paper shows the first results of applying fast and robust change detection techniques to sensitive areas, based on the extraction of textural information and robust differences of brightness values related to pre- and post-disaster satellite images. A map highlighting potentially damaged buildings is derived, which could help experts at timely assessing the damages to the Cultural Heritage sites of interest. Encouraging results are obtained for two archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/106163/
Document Type:Article
Additional Information:Horizon 2020 Grant Agreement No. 691936
Title:Cultural Heritage Sites in Danger—Towards Automatic Damage Detection from Space
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Cerra, Danieledaniele.cerra (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2984-8315
Plank, Simonsimon.plank (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lysandrou, VasilikiCyprus University of TechnologyUNSPECIFIED
Tian, Jiaojiaojiaojiao.tian (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2016
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/rs8090781
Page Range:pp. 1-15
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Thenkabail, Prasad S.thenkabail@gmail.comUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:Change detection; cultural heritage; texture analysis
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben hochauflösende Fernerkundungsverfahren (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > Photogrammetry and Image Analysis
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Cerra, Daniele
Deposited On:23 Sep 2016 15:15
Last Modified:20 Jun 2021 15:48

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