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

January 1, 2017

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.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2017
Title Imaging of earthquake faults using small UAVs as a pathfinder for air and space observations
DOI 10.1109/AERO.2017.7943605
Authors Andrea Donnellan, Joseph Green, Adnan Ansar, Joseph Aletky, Margaret Glasscoe, Yehuda Ben-Zion, J. Ramón Arrowsmith, Stephen B. DeLong
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70190212
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Earthquake Science Center

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