Integration of crowdsourced images, USGS networks, remote sensing, and a model to assess flood depth during Hurricane Florence

Carolynne Hultquist, Guido Cervone

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Abstract

Crowdsourced environmental data have the potential to augment traditional data sources during disasters. Traditional sensor networks, satellite remote sensing imagery, and models are all faced with limitations in observational inputs, forecasts, and resolution. This study integrates flood depth derived from crowdsourced images with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ground-based observation networks, a remote sensing product, and a model during Hurricane Florence. The data sources are compared using cross-sections to assess flood depth in areas impacted by Hurricane Florence. Automated methods can be used for each source to classify flooded regions and fuse the dataset over common grids to identify areas of flooding. Crowdsourced data can play a major role when there are overlaps of sources that can be used for validation as well providing improved coverage and resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number834
JournalRemote Sensing
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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