Special Issue: "Sensors for Disaster and Emergency Management Decision Making" - Sensors Journal

Guest Editors:
Dr. Jason Levy 1 and Dr. Yang Gao 2
1
Assistant Professor of Disaster Prevention and Emergency Planning
Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment
Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington 98225, USA
Tel. + 1 360 650 6487, Fax +1 360 650 7702
E-mail: jason.levy@wwu.edu, http://myweb.facstaff.wwu.edu/~levyj4/
2
Professor, Department of Geomatics Engineering
Schulich School of Engineering, The University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
Tel. 1 403 220 6174, Fax  1 403 284 1980
E-mail: gao@geomatics.ucalgary.ca; http://www.ucalgary.ca/~ygao/; http://www.ucalgary.ca/~ygao/iag.htm

Deadline for late Paper submission: Closed

Summary

The current generation of remote sensors provide new opportunities for the real-time analysis and management of disaster risks. For example, by providing reliable, detailed, cost-effective, continuous, and synoptic coverage of natural and anthrropogenic  phenomena, remote sensing satellites are capable of answering important  disaster and emergency management questions, such as:  How do human pressures (ie. land use and landcover change) affect disaster risk? How to reconstruct the historical record of previous extreme events? How do global weather patterns impact climate variability and change? Moreover, advances in real-time data acquisition  and hardware/software integration have increasingly been used to improve the monitoring and control of emergency vehicles with fixed or moving sensors. Accordingly, this special  issue encourages papers on the use of fully integrated, inexpensive sensor systems suitable for mobile emergency asset management. Finally, the issue will emphasize use of the "Sensor Web" (a distributed global web of sensors for information sharing among networked platforms) for hazard monitoring and emergency management applications (e.g. flood detection, critical infrastructure protection, etc). Research contributions dealing with web sensor architecture design and field deployment for system interoperability and scalability are particularly welcome.

Keywords

Disaster Management, Wireless Sensors, Remote Sensing, Emergency Planning, Sensor Web, Hazard Mitigation, Mobile Asset Emergency Management, Sensor Network

Published Papers

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Jason Bond 1,*, Don Kim 1, Adam Chrzanowski 1 and Anna Szostak-Chrzanowski 1
1 Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick, 15 Dineen Drive, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada;
E-mail: jason.bond@unb.ca, kim@unb.ca, adamc@unb.ca, amc@unb.ca 
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 29 May 2007 / Accepted: 26 June 2007 / Published: 28 June 2007 

Full Paper:
Development of a Fully Automated, GPS Based Monitoring System for Disaster Prevention and Emergency Preparedness: PPMS+RT
Sensors 2007, 7, 1028-1046 (PDF format, 661 K)

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Masashi Hayakawa 1,*, Katsumi Hattori 2 and Kenji Ohta 3
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Department of Electronic Engineering and Research Station on Seismo Electromagnetics, The University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan; E-mail: hayakawa@whistler.ee.uec.ac.jp
2 Faculty of Science, Chiba University, 1-33 Yayoi, Inage Chiba 263-8522, Japan; E-mail: hattori@earth.s.chiba-u.ac.jp
3 Department of Electronics, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto-cho, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501, Japan; E-mail: ohta@isc.chubu.ac.jp
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 14 June 2007 / Accepted: 26 June 2007 / Published: 4 July 2007

Full Paper:
Monitoring of ULF (Ultra-Low-Frequency) Geomagnetic Variations Associated with Earthquakes
Sensors 2007, 7, 1108-1122 (PDF format, 772 K)

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Masashi Hayakawa
Department of Electronic Engineering and Research Station on Seismo Electromagnetics, The University of Electro-Communications, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan;
E-mail: hayakawa@whistler.ee.uec.ac.jp
Received: 18 June 2007 / Accepted: 5 July 2007 / Published: 10 July 2007

Full Paper:
VLF/LF Radio Sounding of Ionospheric Perturbations Associated with Earthquakes
Sensors
2007, 7,  1141-1158 (PDF format, 414 K)

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Ariadi Hazmi, Nobuyuki Takagi, Daohong Wang* and Teiji Watanabe
Gifu University of Japan
E-mail: ariadihazmi@yahoo.com, takagi-n@gifu-u.ac.jp, wang@gifu-u.ac.jp.
* Corresponding author. wang@gifu-u.ac.jp, Tel: 81-58-293-2702, Fax: 81-58-230-1892.
Received: 22 October 2007 / Accepted: 30 November 2007 / Published: 4 December 2007
Full Paper: Development of a Space-charge-sensing System
Sensors 2007, 7,  3058-3070 (PDF format, 1800 K)

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Yasar Guneri Sahin
Izmir University of Economics, Department of Software Engineering, Izmir-TR
+90 (232) 488 8173, E-mail: yasar.sahin@ieu.edu.tr
Received: 7 November 2007 / Accepted: 3 December 2007 / Published: 4 December 2007
Full Paper: Animals as Mobile Biological Sensors for Forest Fire Detection
Sensors 2007, 7, 3084-3099  (PDF format, 780 K)

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Yih-Min Wu 1,* and Hiroo Kanamori 2
1 Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. E-mail: drymwu@ntu.edu.tw
2 Seismological Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA. E-mail: hiroo@gps.caltech.edu
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Address: No. 1, Sec. 4th, Roosevelt Rd., Dept. of Geosciences, National Taiwan Univ., Taipei, Taiwan
Tel: 886-2-2362-0054, Fax: 886-2-2364-4625, E-mail: drymwu@ntu.edu.tw
Received: 20 December 2007 / Accepted: 5 January 2008 / Published: 9 January 2008

Full Research Paper: Development of an Earthquake Early Warning System Using Real-Time Strong Motion Signals
Sensors 2008, 8, 1-9 (PDF format, 282 K)

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Colin Price *
Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences, Tel Aviv University, 69978 Israel
E-mail: cprice@flash.tau.ac.il
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 7 November 2007 / Accepted: 7 January 2008 / Published: 10 January 2008

Full Research Paper: Lightning Sensors for Observing, Tracking and Nowcasting Severe Weather
Sensors 2008, 8, 157-170 (PDF format, 1280 K)

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Maya Nand Jha 1, Jason Levy 2 and Yang Gao 1,*
1 Department of Geomatics Engineering, University of Calgary Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
2 Western Washington University, Disaster Reduction and Emergency Planning, Huxley College of the Environment, 516 High Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225-9085   USA
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: gao@geomatics.ucalgary.ca
Received: 22 December 2007 / Accepted: 10 January 2008 / Published: 14 January 2008
Review: Advances in Remote Sensing for Oil Spill Disaster Management: State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology for Oil Spill Surveillance
Sensors 2008, 8, 236-255 (PDF format, 1015 K)

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James D. McCarthy 1,*, Phil A. Graniero 1, Steven M. Rozic 2
1 University of Windsor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 401 Sunset Ave., Windsor, Ontario, Canada, N9B 3P4.
E-mail: mccartr@uwindsor.ca. E-mail: graniero@uwindsor.ca
2 Environmental Research Systems Institute, 380 New York Street, Redlands, California, USA, 92373. E-mail: srozic@esri.com
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 4 January 2008 / Accepted:1 February 2008 / Published:
8 February 2008 
Full Research Paper: An Integrated GIS-Expert System Framework for Live Hazard Monitoring and Detection
Sensors 2008, 8, 830-846 (PDF format, 1264 K)

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Yun-Bin Lin 1, Yu-Pin Lin 2,*, Dong-Po Deng 3 and Kuan-Wei Chen 1
1 Recreation and Health-care Management Department, ChiaNana University of Pharmacy and Science, 60, Sec. 1, Erren Rd., Rende Shiang, Tainan County 71710, Taiwan, ROC; Email: yunbinlin@mail.chna.edu.tw
2 Bio-environment and System Engineering Department, National Taiwan University, 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Rd., Da-an District, Taipei City 106, Taiwan, ROC;
Email: yplin@ntu.edu.tw; Fax: +886-2-33663464; Tel: +886-2-33663464
3 International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), PO Box 6, 7500 AA Enschede, The Netherlands; E-mail: deng@itc.nl
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 19 November 2007 / Accepted:15 February 2008  / Published:
19 February 2008
Full Research Paper: Integrating Remote Sensing Data with Directional Two-dimensional Wavelet Analysis and Open Geospatial Techniques for Efficient Disaster Monitoring and Management
Sensors 2008, 8, 1070-1089 (PDF format, 5820 K)

Open Access
Euripides P. Kantzas* and Andrew J. S. McGonigle
Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Winter Street, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK; E-mails: ggp07epk@shef.ac.uk (E.P.K.); a.mcgonigle@shef.ac.uk (A.J.S.M.)
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 19 February 2008 / Accepted: 6 March 2008 / Published: 10 March 2008
Review: Ground Based Ultraviolet Remote Sensing of Volcanic Gas Plumes
Sensors 2008, 8, 1559-1574 (PDF format, 806 K)

Open Access
John Douglas 1,*, Thomas Usländer 2, Gerald Schimak 3, J. Fernando Esteban 4 and Ralf Denzer 5
1 BRGM – ARN/RIS, 3 avenue C. Guillemin, BP 36009, 45060 ORLEANS Cedex 2, France. E-mail: j.douglas@brgm.fr
2 Information Management, Fraunhofer IITB, Fraunhoferstraße 1, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany. E-mail: Thomas.Uslaender@iitb.fraunhofer.de
3 Information Management, Austrian Research Centers GmbH - ARC, A-2444 Seibersdorf. E-mail: Gerald.Schimak@arcs.ac.at
4 Atos Origin, Albarracin 25, 28037 Madrid, Spain. E-mail: jfernando.esteban@atosresearch.eu
5 Environmental Informatics Group, Goebenstraße 40, 66117 Saarbrücken, Germany E-mail: ralf.denzer@enviromatics.org
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 10 December 2007 / Accepted: 12 March 2008 / Published:
13 March 2008
Communication: An Open Distributed Architecture for Sensor Networks for Risk Management
Sensors 2008, 8, 1755-1773 (PDF format, 187 K)

Open Access
Massimo Arattano 1,* and Lorenzo Marchi 2
1 CNR-IRPI, Strada delle Cacce,73, 10135 Torino, Italy
2 CNR-IRPI, Corso Stati Uniti, 4, 35127 Padova, Italy; E-mail: lorenzo.marchi@irpi.cnr.it
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: massimo.arattano@irpi.cnr.it; www.irpi.to.cnr.it; Tel.: +39 011 3977831
Received: 18 December 2007 / Accepted: 2 April 2008 / Published: 4 April 2008

Review: Systems and Sensors for Debris-flow Monitoring and Warning
Sensors 2008, 8, 2436-2452 (PDF format, 386 K)

Open Access
Melinda Laituri and Kris Kodrich
Colorado State University, Warner College of Natural Resources, 970-491-0292, FRWS 1472, Fort Collins, Colorado 80423, USA
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: Melinda.Laituri (a) ColoState.EDU
Received: 30 December 2007 / Accepted: 17 April 2008 / Published: 6 May 2008

Review: The on Line Disaster Response Community:  People as Sensors of High Magnitude Disasters Using Internet GIS
Sensors 2008, 8, 3037-3055 (PDF format, 125 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8053037

Open Access
Gonéri Le Cozannet 1,*, Steven Hosford 2, John Douglas 1, Jean-Jacques Serrano 1, Damien Coraboeuf 1 and Jérémie Comte 1
1 BRGM - French Geological Survey, 3 avenue Claude Guillemin, 45060 Orléans, France; E-mails: j.douglas@brgm.fr (J.D.); jj.serrano@brgm.fr (J.-J.S.); dcoraboeuf@yahoo.fr (D.C.); j.comte@brgm.fr (J.C.)
2 CNES, 18, avenue Edouard Belin, 31401 Toulouse cedex 9, France; E-Mail: steven.hosford@cnes.fr (S.H.)
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: g.lecozannet@brgm.fr (G.C.)
Received: 23 April 2008; in revised form: 6 June 2008 / Accepted: 9 June 2008 / Published: 11 June 2008
Communication: Connecting Hazard Analysts and Risk Managers to Sensor Information
Sensors 2008, 8, 3932-3937 (PDF format, 174 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8063932

Open Access
Nazzareno Pierdicca, Marco Chini *, Luca Pulvirenti and Flavia Macina
Department of Electronic Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Roma, Italy; E-Mails: nazzareno.pierdicca@uniroma1.it (N. P.); pulvirenti@die.uniroma1.it (L. P.)
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: chini@ingv.it (M.C.)
Received: 29 May 2008; in revised form: 27 June 2008 / Accepted: 6 July 2008 / Published: 10 July 2008
Article: Integrating Physical and Topographic Information Into a Fuzzy Scheme to Map Flooded Area by SAR
Sensors 2008, 8, 4151-4164 (PDF format, 1780 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8074151

Open Access
Yasar Guneri Sahin 1,* and Tuncay Ercan 2
1 Izmir University of Economics, Department of Software Engineering, Sakarya Cad. No:156 Balcova/Izmir – Turkey
2 Yasar University, Department of Computer Engineering, Kazim Dirik Mah. 364.Sok, Bornova/Izmir Turkey; E-mail: tuncay.ercan@yasar.edu.tr
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: yasar.sahin@ieu.edu.tr; Tel. +90 (232) 488 8173; Fax +90 (232) 488 8475
Received: 2 July 2008; in revised form: 22 July 2008 / Accepted: 22 July 2008 / Published: 25 July 2008

Article: Detection of Hidden Hostile/Terrorist Groups in Harsh Territories by Using Animals as Mobile Biological Sensors
Sensors 2008, 8, 4365-4383 (PDF format, 1040 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8074365

Open Access
Maofang Gao 1, Zhihao Qin 1,2, 3,*, Hong’ou Zhang 2, Liping Lu 3, Xia Zhou 2 and Xiuchun Yang 1
1 Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081, China
2 Guangdong Public Laboratory of Environmental Science and Technology, Guangzhou Institute of Geography, Guangzhou 510650, China
3 International Institute for Earth System Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mail: qinzh@caas.net.cn (Dr. Zhihao Qin)
Received: 28 May 2008; in revised form: 17 July 2008 / Accepted: 17 July 2008 / Published: 8 August 2008

Article: Remote Sensing of Agro-droughts in Guangdong Province of China Using MODIS Satellite Data
Sensors 2008, 8, 4687-4708 (PDF format, 720 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8084687

Open Access
Kerem Halicioglu 1 and Haluk Ozener 1,2*
1 Bogazici University, Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, Geodesy Department,
Cengelkoy, 34680, Istanbul, Turkey; E-mail: kerem.halicioglu@boun.edu.tr
2 Istanbul Technical University, Department of Geodesy and Photogrammetry Engineering, Surveying
Technique Division, Maslak, 34469, Istanbul, Turkey
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-mails: ozener@boun.edu.tr; haluk.ozener@itu.edu.tr
Received: 31 March 2008; in revised form: 29 July 2008 / Accepted: 30 July 2008 / Published: 19 August 2008
Article: Geodetic Network Design and Optimization on the Active Tuzla Fault (Izmir, Turkey) for Disaster Management
Sensors 2008, 8, 4741-4757 (PDF format, 392 K) DOI: 10.3390/s8084741

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