Imaging of earthquake faults using small UAVs as a pathfinder for air and space observations

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Abstract

Large earthquakes cause billions of dollars in damage and extensive loss of life and property. Geodetic and topographic imaging provide measurements of transient and long-term crustal deformation needed to monitor fault zones and understand earthquakes. Earthquake-induced strain and rupture characteristics are expressed in topographic features imprinted on the landscapes of fault zones. Small UAVs provide an efficient and flexible means to collect multi-angle imagery to reconstruct fine scale fault zone topography and provide surrogate data to determine requirements for and to simulate future platforms for air- and space-based multi-angle imaging.

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Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Imaging of earthquake faults using small UAVs as a pathfinder for air and space observations
ISBN 978-1-5090-1613-6
DOI 10.1109/AERO.2017.7943605
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Contributing office(s) Earthquake Science Center
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
Conference Title 2017 IEEE Aerospace Conference
Conference Location Big Sky, MT
Conference Date March 4-11, 2017