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Earth Observations for Geohazards

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ISBN: 9783038423980 9783038423997 Year: Volume: 1 Pages: VIII, 386 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03842-399-7 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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Earth Observations (EO) encompasses different types of sensors (e.g., SAR, LiDAR, Optical and multispectral) and platforms (e.g., satellites, aircraft, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and enables us to monitor and model geohazards over regions at different scales in which ground observations may not be possible due to physical and/or political constraints. EO can provide high spatial, temporal and spectral resolution, stereo-mapping and all-weather-imaging capabilities, but not by a single satellite at a time. Improved satellite and sensor technologies, increased frequency of satellite measurements, and easier access and interpretation of EO information have all contributed to the increased demand for satellite EO data. EO, combined with complementary terrestrial observations and with physical models, have been widely used to monitor geohazards, revolutionizing our understanding of how the Earth system works.

Earth Observations for Geohazards

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ISBN: 9783038424000 9783038424017 Year: Volume: 2 Pages: X, 490 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03842-401-7 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Environmental Sciences
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Earth Observations (EO) encompasses different types of sensors (e.g., SAR, LiDAR, Optical and multispectral) and platforms (e.g., satellites, aircraft, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) and enables us to monitor and model geohazards over regions at different scales in which ground observations may not be possible due to physical and/or political constraints. EO can provide high spatial, temporal and spectral resolution, stereo-mapping and all-weather-imaging capabilities, but not by a single satellite at a time. Improved satellite and sensor technologies, increased frequency of satellite measurements, and easier access and interpretation of EO information have all contributed to the increased demand for satellite EO data. EO, combined with complementary terrestrial observations and with physical models, have been widely used to monitor geohazards, revolutionizing our understanding of how the Earth system works.

Reducing the Seismic Vulnerability of Existing Buildings: Assessment and Retrofit

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ISBN: 9783039212576 9783039212583 Year: Pages: 182 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-258-3 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering
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Devastating seismic events occurring all over the world keep raising the awareness of the scientific, technical and political communities to the need of identifying assets at risk and developing more effective and cost-efficient seismic risk mitigation strategies. Significant advances in earthquake engineering research have been achieved with the rise of new technologies and techniques with potential use in risk assessment, management and mitigation. Nevertheless, there is still much to be done, particularly with regard to existing buildings, most of them built without anti-seismic provisions. The wide variety of construction and structural systems, associated with the complex behaviour of their materials, greatly limit the application of current codes and building standards to the existing building stock. To tackle this issue, there is a fundamental need for developing multidisciplinary research that can lead to the development of more sophisticated and reliable methods of analysis, as well as to improved seismic retrofitting techniques compliant with buildings conservation principles. This book intends to contribute to the aforementioned goal by stimulating the exchange of ideas and knowledge on the assessment and reduction of the seismic vulnerability of existing buildings. 10 high quality contributions authored by international experts from Italy, Portugal, Morocco, Nepal, Czech Republic and Spain are included herein. All contributions pursue the protection of existing buildings by considering the most updated methods and advanced solutions emerging from different fields of expertise.

Masonry Buildings: Research and Practice

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ISBN: 9783039213733 9783039213740 Year: Pages: 202 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-374-0 Language: English
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Subject: Technology (General) --- General and Civil Engineering --- Construction
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Masonry is a construction material that has been used throughout the years as a structural or non-structural component in buildings. Masonry can be described as a composite material made up of different units and diverse types of arrangements, with or without mortar, that is used in many ancient public buildings, as well as with the latest technologies being applied in construction. Research in multiple relevant fields, as well as crossing structural with non-structural needs, is crucial for understanding the qualities of existent buildings and to develop new products and construction technologies. This book addresses and promotes the discussion related to the different topics addressing the use of masonry in the construction sciences and in practice, including theory and research, numerical approaches and technical applications in new works, and repair actions and interventions in the built environment, connecting theory and application across topics from academia to industry.

The Challenges of Water Management and Governance in Cities

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ISBN: 9783039211500 9783039211517 Year: Pages: 314 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03921-151-7 Language: English
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Subject: Science (General)
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Global population growth is urban growth and, therefore, most of the water-related challenges and solutions reside in cities. Unless water management and water governance processes are significantly improved within the next decade or so, cities are likely to face serious and prolonged water insecurity, urban floods, and/or heat stress, which may result in social instability and, ultimately, massive migration. Aging water infrastructure, one of the most expensive infrastructures in cities, is a relevant challenge in order to address Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: clean water and sanitation, SDG 11: sustainable cities and communities, and SDG 13: climate action. The choice of good governance arrangements has important consequences for economic performance, for the well-being of citizens, and for the quality of life in urban areas. The better governance arrangements work in coordinating policies across jurisdictions and policy fields, the better the outcomes. Rapidly-changing global conditions will make future water governance more complex than ever before in human history, and expectations are that water governance and water management will change more during the next 20 years compared to the past 100 years. In this Special Issue of Water, the focus will be on practical concepts and tools for water management and water governance, with a focus on cities.

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Integrated Water Resources Management --- water management sustainability --- urban resilience --- urban water cycle --- water governance --- water-reuse --- governance capacity --- water management --- water scarcity --- Sponge City --- water ecology --- storm water management --- flood control --- resilience --- rainfall-runoff --- storm water control measure --- SuDS --- urban drainage --- urban landscape --- urban planning --- flood risk management --- flood resilience --- governance strategies --- climate change --- assessment framework --- sustainability assessment --- baseline assessment --- co-design --- stakeholder involvement --- wastewater management --- Cape Town --- City Blueprint Approach --- water governance --- water scarcity --- water sensitive cities --- climate change adaptation --- stormwater reservoir --- Generalized Likelihood Uncertainty Estimation (GLUE) --- design rainfall event --- Storm Water Management Model (SWMM) --- coordination --- water supply --- social network analysis --- climate change --- IHP --- intergovernmental --- science and technology --- sustainability --- UNESCO --- water management --- water security --- Urban Water Management Programme --- water governance --- infrastructure --- urban water management --- indicators --- SDGs --- stakeholder participation --- water policy --- rainwater harvesting --- footprint --- lifecycle analysis --- total cost of ownership --- sustainability --- urban water management --- drinking water --- city networks --- climate change --- ICLEI --- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) --- urban water management --- use-attainment --- social network analysis --- urban planning --- governance --- social infrastructure --- cost of inaction --- urban pluvial flooding --- flood damage assessment --- flood risk --- greenhouse gas emissions --- decentralized water reclamation with resource recovery --- Water-Energy-Food Nexus --- climate change mitigation --- water governance --- urban water management --- resilience --- sustainable development goals

Ten Years of TerraSAR-X—Scientific Results

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ISBN: 9783038977247 9783038977254 Year: Pages: 422 DOI: 10.3390/books978-3-03897-725-4 Language: English
Publisher: MDPI - Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Subject: Science (General)
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This Special Issue is a collection of papers addressing the scientific use of data acquired in the course of the TerraSAR-X mission 10 years after launch. The articles deal with the mission itself, the accuracy of the products, with differential interferometry, and with applications in the domains cryosphere, oceans, wetlands, and urban areas.

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synthetic aperture radar --- TerraSAR-X --- geolocation --- absolute localization accuracy --- stereo sar --- imaging geodesy --- TerraSAR-X --- internal calibration --- geometric and radiometric calibration --- antenna model verification --- antenna pointing determination --- radiometric accuracy --- calibration targets --- long term performance monitoring --- TerraSAR-X --- TanDEM-X --- LEO --- POD --- SLR --- SAR --- Satellite Laser Ranging --- radar ranging --- satellite orbit --- validation --- InSAR coherence --- NDVI --- damage assessment --- density map --- tsunami --- earthquake --- GIS --- TSX Staring spotlight --- high resolution InSAR --- small-scale movements --- atmospheric phase --- layover --- DSM blending --- SAR --- internal waves --- Andaman Sea --- radar --- satellite --- remote sensing --- SAR --- TerraSAR-X --- operations --- ground segment --- orbit --- mission --- global --- urban footprint --- processing --- validation --- community survey --- sustainability --- synthetic aperture radar --- X-band --- marine --- estuarine --- lacustrine --- riverine --- palustrine --- time-series --- SAR applications --- vegetation --- remote sensing data --- DInSAR --- landslide monitoring --- PSI --- super high-spatial resolution TerraSAR-X images --- pixel selection --- measurement pixels’ density --- synthetic aperture radar --- PolSAR --- TerraSAR-X --- surface water monitoring --- flooded vegetation --- classification --- segmentation --- InSAR --- landslide --- phase unwrapping --- phase demodulation --- TerraSAR-X --- RADARSAT-2 --- ALOS-1 --- ERS --- synthetic aperture radar --- TerraSAR-X --- habitat mapping --- monitoring --- remote sensing --- Wadden Sea --- mussel beds --- intertidal bedforms --- tidal gullies --- remote sensing --- film slicks on the sea surface --- dual co-polarized microwave radar --- surface wind waves --- wave breaking --- Snow Cover Extent (SCE) --- TerraSAR-X --- Landsat --- wet snow --- small Arctic catchments --- satellite time series --- TerraSAR-X --- synthetic aperture radar (SAR), radar mission --- remote sensing --- land subsidence --- TerraSAR-X --- SAR interferometry --- coastal environments --- Venice lagoon --- multi-baseline --- multi-pass --- PS --- DS --- geodetic --- TomoSAR --- D-TomoSAR --- PSI --- robust estimation --- covariance matrix --- InSAR --- SAR --- review --- SAR --- SAR interferometry --- atmospheric propagation delay --- persistent scatterer interferometry --- numerical weather prediction --- stratified atmospheric delay --- zenith path delay --- slant path delay --- interferometry --- surface movement monitoring --- ground control points --- radargrammetry --- automated target recognition --- convolutional neural networks (CNN), deep CNN --- support vector machine --- SVM --- synthetic aperture radar --- TerraSAR-X --- SAR interferometry --- land subsidence --- precise orbit determination --- geometric and radiometric calibration --- PSI

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