Monitoring Elements at Risk

This service aims to regularly provide up-to-date geo-information to civilian authorities. The term ”Elements at Risk” refers either to infrastructures located in areas prone to risk or to critical infrastructure (e.g. power plants, Seveso industries). The service has two goals: (i) updating existing data layers over large areas by using airborne or spaceborne imagery and (ii) monitoring changes in these areas on a regular basis. This service is useful for different types of risks and adapted to the user needs. It decreases the time of reaction and facilitates the decision process when the crisis occurs. EUROSENSE developed this service for civil protection agencies, water management authorities and rescue organisations.

Click to enlarge - new buildings presented in red, Bratislava (Slovakia)

Update of civilian elements - On a daily basis, new housing, new roads, new buildings and new infrastructures emerge everywhere in Europe. Cartographic material should then be regularly updated. If these new developments are not integrated in the geo-information used for risk management, rescue teams or crisis managers will use obsolete information. This could potentially have a high impact on humans.

Depending on the resolution required, the produced maps contain either urban areas or isolated buildings, industrial/ commercial/public buildings and/ or critical infrastructures. The service identifies also the changes in time of these infrastructures. Using optical satellite/aerial images within a semi-automatic classification process, EUROSENSE’s service identifies the Elements at Risk related to specific natural disasters risks, e.g. recent or potential flooded areas.

Critical Infrastructure Monitoring - All across the world, people depend on society for vital services such as electricity, clean water, fuel and many others. The generation or distribution of these services is regulated in, what we call critical infrastructures. Because of their hazardous contents, their importance for society or their strategic value, they are subject to a constant level of risk. The “Critical Infrastructure Monitoring” service provides products that enable the monitoring of critical infrastructures on a regular basis.

Click to enlarge - Critical Infrastructure Monitoring, Concepción (Chile)

Click to enlarge - Critical Infrastructure Monitoring, Concepción (Chile)

In pre-crisis phase, the different parts or units of the critical infrastructure are located on detailed optical imagery and linked with their capacity and function in a GIS database. This information is added to the client’s database. Up-to-date geo-located information is now at hand. When a crisis takes place, fresh imagery and open source information are combined to assess the actual state of the critical infrastructure. Combined with the basic information, a briefing report is generated that describes the gravity of damaged infrastructures in detail.