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College of Arts & Sciences
Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute

Remote Sensing Hazard Guidance System

Lead Investigators: Dr. Mike Hodgson, University of South Carolina and Dr. Bruce Davis, NASA

This research is creating a Remote Sensing Hazard Guidance System (RSHGS) spatial decision support system that interfaces with other decision support systems at FEMA (e.g., HAZUS) and state departments of emergency preparedness. In the event of a disaster, the RSHGS SDSS utilizes many of NASA's satellite assets including: MODIS, ASTER, MISR, Landsat 5, Landsat 7, and others (NOAA AVHRR, GOES, etc.). In addition, it incorporates current analog and metric aerial photography. The goal is to be able to a) map the expected areas of impact from a natural disaster, b) identify which new satellite remote sensing assets are able to collect new remote sensor data for the projected impact area, and c) recommend new remote sensor data that should be collected. One of the major benefits of the SDSS is that it will rapidly (within minutes) determine satellite remote sensing opportunities and thus, keep multiple agencies from collecting the same type of information. For more information, click here.


Hodgson, M.E., B. A. Davis, and J. Kotelenska, 2005. State-level Hazard Offices: Their spatial data needs and use of geospatial technology. Unpublished technical report. Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, December 2005.