Use of emerging remote-sensing technologies to determine neighborhood wind/water damage patterns

J. Arn Womble, Douglas A. Smith, Beverley J. Adams

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Abstract

Remote-sensing imagery of hurricane-affected areas has proven helpful for rapidly preserving the damage scene soon after a hurricane and for establishing neighborhood damage patterns of both wind and storm surge. Remote-sensing signatures of wind and storm-surge damage have been identified for the primary types of residential construction along the U.S. Gulf Coast. For the three main types of residential construction on the Mississippi Coast, wind damage to buildings has a similar appearance, while remote-sensing signatures of storm-surge actions depend largely on construction type, as described herein. The presence and location of debris relative to visible sources (e.g., roofs) helps to identify storm-surge damage to slab-on-grade and well-anchored pier-and-beam residences. Analysis of remote-sensing imagery also can identify the buoyant transport of intact buildings and intact roof assemblies that have been removed from supporting walls; however, in near-vertical imagery it is difficult to distinguish intact buildings from detached-but-intact roof assemblies. Neighborhood damage patterns derived from remote-sensing imagery have been employed in determining probable wind and storm-surge damage to residences resulting from Hurricane Katrina.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2008 Structures Congress - Structures Congress 2008
Subtitle of host publicationCrossing the Borders
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
ISBN (Print)9780784410165
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Event2008 Structures Congress - Structures Congress 2008: Crossing the Borders - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: Apr 24 2008Apr 26 2008

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2008 Structures Congress - Structures Congress 2008: Crossing the Borders
Volume314

Conference

Conference2008 Structures Congress - Structures Congress 2008: Crossing the Borders
CountryCanada
CityVancouver, BC
Period04/24/0804/26/08

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    Womble, J. A., Smith, D. A., & Adams, B. J. (2008). Use of emerging remote-sensing technologies to determine neighborhood wind/water damage patterns. In Proceedings of the 2008 Structures Congress - Structures Congress 2008: Crossing the Borders (Proceedings of the 2008 Structures Congress - Structures Congress 2008: Crossing the Borders; Vol. 314). American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). https://doi.org/10.1061/41016(314)210