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Sentinel and Copernicus Contributing Missions in Support of World Heritage in Danger

Agapiou, Athos and Lysandrou, Vasiliki and Cerra, Daniele and Krauß, Thomas and Schreier, Gunter and Masini, Nicola and Lasaponara, Rosa and Hadjimitsis, Diofantos (2019) Sentinel and Copernicus Contributing Missions in Support of World Heritage in Danger. ESA Living Planet Symposioum, 13.-17. May 2019, Milano, Italy.

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Abstract

The first European Earth Observation Copernicus satellites are active since 2014 and are providing full, open and free (FOF) information, extremely useful for research purposes. Such a big amount of data requires processing and, more importantly, alignment with local needs and with specific contexts, in all branches of environmental monitoring and emergency response management. The use of Earth Observation datasets is especially important for monitoring Cultural Heritage sites and monuments that are under threat, providing quantitative and qualitative assessment. Currently, 54 sites are included in the list of World Heritage in Danger by UNESCO and the World Heritage Committee. Approximately the 40% of these are located in the Middle East area. In addition, only during this decade (2010 -today), 30 new sites have been reported as heritage at risk in a global scale. Sentinel and Copernicus contributing missions, as well as other open and freely distributed data, such as the Landsat series, can be exploited in order to identify and map these sites, providing insights and valuable information, for a long period of time, even in areas where in situ observation is not an easy task (e.g. arm conflicted zones). This paper aims to provide examples and case studies of heritage sites at risk, threaten by various anthropogenic hazards - such as terrorism, looting, urbanization etc.- based on image processing and multi-temporal analysis of satellite data, fused with other available information for each site.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/128704/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Sentinel and Copernicus Contributing Missions in Support of World Heritage in Danger
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Agapiou, AthosCyprus University of TechnologyUNSPECIFIED
Lysandrou, VasilikiCyprus University of TechnologyUNSPECIFIED
Cerra, DanieleDaniele.Cerra (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Krauß, ThomasThomas.Krauss (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6004-1435
Schreier, GunterGunter.Schreier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Masini, NicolaCNR - National Research Council, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Lasaponara, RosaCNR - National Research Council, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Hadjimitsis, DiofantosCyprus University of TechnologyUNSPECIFIED
Date:17 May 2019
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Copernicus, Cultural Heritage, Looting, Civil War
Event Title:ESA Living Planet Symposioum
Event Location:Milano, Italy
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:13.-17. May 2019
Organizer:ESA
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben hochauflösende Fernerkundungsverfahren
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > Photogrammetry and Image Analysis
Deposited By: Krauß, Thomas
Deposited On:13 Aug 2019 10:21
Last Modified:19 Aug 2019 12:50

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