Short Course on Remote Sensing for Earthquake Engineering

Pavia, 14-18 April 2008

The main objective of the course is to introduce the topic of remote sensing to earthquake engineers. Remote sensing technologies are now sufficiently advanced to provide reliable and useful information for mapping and analyzing the earth surface. They are thus of extreme interest to researchers and practitioners in the field of earthquake engineering, as well as to public institutions and private (e.g. insurance) companies.

An introduction on the basic concepts of remote sensing and the sensors used for these activities will be provided in the first day of the course. More specific information on how to handle the remotely sensed data sets, how to extract information out of them, and a presentation of the tools used in the course for the practical exercise will follow on the second day.

The core of the course is however delivered in the final three days, focused on three important applications of the remote sensing technologies and data sets to relevant issues in earthquake engineering: characterization of the coseismic displacements due to an earthquake, damage assessment at the block and building level, landslide and subsidence monitoring. General introductions of the problems will be completed by explaining possible methodologies to exploit remotely sensed data and exercises to practice the notions on a real, "hands-on" case.

The course is fully organised by Prof. P. Gamba, from the University of Pavia, Italy, but lectures will be delivered by S. Stramondo (INGV, Rome, Italy), Fabio Dell'Acqua and Francesco Zucca (Univ. of Pavia).

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