Projects

Disaster management product development will be based on the RIT Wildfire Airborne Sensing Program (WASP) sensor.

Haiti Earthquake Response:
A selection of IPLER partners have successfully flown RIT's WASP sensor over portions of Haiti to assess the damage caused by the January12, 2010 earthquake. The color (RGB), shortwave-, midwave-, and longwave-infrared imagery will use to aid in recovery from the devastating disaster.
Fires:
This research and development focus on detection of fire events, perimeter and extent mapping, and eventual fire behavior modeling. We are working closely with the US Forest Service to develop fire products based on our in-house WASP sensor platform. The WASP has an RGB, shortwave-, midwave-, and longwave-infrared cameras. The two thermal IR camera outputs include at-sensor calibration for absolute temperature measurements.
Floods:
The IPLER project partners will develop flood disaster management products, such as flood extent, water depth, and impact assessments. Infrared imagery will be used for flood mapping, while lidar-based 3D products will be used to assess landscape and structural changes. We are developing both fire and flood products with high-frequency (temporal) assessment in mind: The WASP architecture includes an RF-downlink for data and product delivery to ground-based servers in near real-time.
Other Projects:
Department of Homeland Security projects: We are working closely with the DHS to (i) develop disaster management products, (ii) dissemination tools, and (iii) a truly mobile platform and data/product downlink capability for a disaster management architecture that can be deployed nation-wide.