Learning from multimodal and multitemporal earth observation data for building damage mapping

Bruno Adriano, Naoto Yokoya, Junshi Xia, Hiroyuki Miura, Wen Liu, Masashi Matsuoka, Shunichi Koshimura

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Earth observation (EO) technologies, such as optical imaging and synthetic aperture radar (SAR), provide excellent means to continuously monitor ever-growing urban environments. Notably, in the case of large-scale disasters (e.g., tsunamis and earthquakes), in which a response is highly time-critical, images from both data modalities can complement each other to accurately convey the full damage condition in the disaster aftermath. However, due to several factors, such as weather and satellite coverage, which data modality will be the first available for rapid disaster response efforts is often uncertain. Hence, novel methodologies that can utilize all accessible EO datasets are essential for disaster management. In this study, we developed a global multimodal and multitemporal dataset for building damage mapping. We included building damage characteristics from three disaster types, namely, earthquakes, tsunamis, and typhoons, and considered three building damage categories. The global dataset contains high-resolution (HR) optical imagery and high-to-moderate-resolution SAR data acquired before and after each disaster. Using this comprehensive dataset, we analyzed five data modality scenarios for damage mapping: single-mode (optical and SAR datasets), cross-modal (pre-disaster optical and post-disaster SAR datasets), and mode fusion scenarios. We defined a damage mapping framework for semantic segmentation of damaged buildings based on a deep convolutional neural network (CNN) algorithm. We also compared our approach to another state-of-the-art model for damage mapping. The results indicated that our dataset, together with a deep learning network, enabled acceptable predictions for all the data modality scenarios. We also found that the results from cross-modal mapping were comparable to the results obtained from a fusion sensor and optical mode analysis.

ジャーナルISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
出版ステータスPublished - 2021 5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 原子分子物理学および光学
  • 工学(その他)
  • コンピュータ サイエンスの応用
  • 地球科学におけるコンピュータ


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