About RapidMap

Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information System (GIS) are powerful technologies for collecting useful information on the damages of disasters in short period of time. However, since many different types of RS data are available, imagery coregistration, information integration and extraction need reliable and advanced methodologies. In the RapidMap project, the partners will develop practical ways to integrate RS data tools in near real time and allow users to use those data soon after the disasters by means of WebGIS tools. This will help not only decision makers but also end-users in the disaster area.

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The key components of the RapidMap project are:

(1) Near real time monitoring: the procedure of near real time monitoring with satellites as well as UAV will be set up and demonstrated by using the facilities of the partners.

(2) Multiple image co-registration: in disaster, various images as well as maps come from different sources. The co- registration of multiple images is a key technology for information integration. In this project, a system to co-register multiple images in near real time will be developed.

 (3) Data fusion and change detection: one of the advantages of RS is to collect information with multiple sensors. Various methods for fusing optical sensor data with active microwave sensor SAR data for information extraction and change detection will be developed in this project.

(4) WebGIS: the collected and integrated information have to be easily accessible and visible from decision makers and end-users in near real time and wordlwide. By using WebGIS and technologies, all the information will be easily accessible on PCs, portable laptops and tablet terminals in very short time, after data collection and processing.


One of the most important things in the beginning of disaster is to figure out the damages of the disaster for search & rescue as well as activities coordination. The main objectives of this project are to construct practical ways to gather and extract useful information to figure out the damages of disaster in near real time by utilizing RS and GIS technologies. Disaster response requires rapid mapping from as many information sources as possible. With respect to RS, this means, firstly, to deal with imagery from diverse sensors which capture complementary data in different spectral and spatial domains (e.g., visible and microwave, from space to ground) and, secondly, to compare pre- and post-event imagery in order to detect relevant changes. In any case, a very precise coregistration of the data is prerequisite to enable information extraction. The rapid information delivery to the local users in the disaster area is also very important. In this project novel, reliable and robust methodologies will be developed in order to achieve using high-resolution satellite airborne and terrestrial data. For the rapid information delivery, RapidMap will develop WebGIS tools to provide integrated information to end-users using wireless network and portable terminals in near real time, after data collection and processing. The project will be practically tested and demonstrated using data coming from different regions in Europe and Japan which were recently affected by large disasters. Through the demonstration, the importance of cooperation between Japan and EU countries will be enhanced.