Articles | Volume 18, issue 1
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 185–205, 2018
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 185–205, 2018

Research article 16 Jan 2018

Research article | 16 Jan 2018

Satellite-based emergency mapping using optical imagery: experience and reflections from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes

Jack G. Williams et al.

Data sets

Nepal earthquake landslide locations, 30 June 2015 Durham University and British Geological Survey


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Short summary
There is currently no protocol for rapid humanitarian-facing landslide assessment and no published recognition of what is possible and useful to compile immediately after a triggering event. Drawing on the 2015 Gorkha earthquake (Nepal), we consider how quickly a landslide assessment based upon manual satellite-based emergency mapping (SEM) can be realistically achieved and review the decisions taken by analysts to ascertain the timeliness and type of useful information that can be generated.
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