1st Edition

Remote Sensing of Natural Hazards

By Jay Gao Copyright 2023
    463 Pages 160 Color & 24 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    463 Pages 160 Color & 24 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book presents a comprehensive coverage of remote sensing technology used to gather information on 12 types of natural hazards in the terrestrial sphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere. It clarifies in detail how to yield spatial and quantitative data on a natural hazard, including its spatial distribution, severity, causes, and the likelihood of occurrence. The author explains multiple methods of attaining data, describes the pros and cons of each method, and encourages readers to choose the best method applicable to their case. The author offers a practical approach to data analysis using the most appropriate methods and software.

    1. Covers all major natural hazards including hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and avalanches. 

    2. Studies each natural hazard holistically, ranging from spatial extent, severity, impact assessment, causes, and prediction of occurrence. 

    3. Explains different remotely sensed data and the most appropriate method used. 

    4. Compares different ways of sensing and clarifies the pros and cons of any selected data or their analysis. 

    5. Provides ample examples of each aspect of a natural hazard studied augmented with graphic illustrations and quality assurance information.

    All professionals working in the field of natural hazards, senior undergraduate, and graduate students, will find in-depth approaches and sufficient information to become knowledgeable in the methods of yielding and analyzing data provided with remote sensing technology, ultimately providing a deeper understanding of natural hazards.



    About the Author

    List of Acronyms

    1. Introduction

    2. Earthquakes

    3. Landslides

    4. Land Degradation

    5. Land Desertification

    6. Land Subsidence

    7. Droughts

    8. Dust Storms

    9. Hurricanes and Tornados

    10. Floods

    11. Wild and Coalmine Fires

    12. Volcanoes

    13. Avalanches



    Jay Gao used to be an associate professor affiliated with the School of Environment, University of Auckland. He received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in the field of photogrammetry and remote sensing from the Wuhan Technical University of Survey and Mapping in 1984. Four years later he obtained his MSc in geography from University of Toronto, Canada, and his PhD in geography from University of Georgia in the US in 1992. Upon graduation he became a faculty member of the current university. His research interest spreads widely among different disciplines of geoinformatics, including remote sensing, digital image analysis, and spatial analysis and modelling. Over his academic career he has completed numerous projects on the applications of remote sensing to the management of natural resources and the studies of natural hazards using remote sensing and GIS. So far he has published nearly 200 papers in international journals, authored two books, and edited several more. His solely authored book on Digital Analysis of Remotely Sensed Data was published by McGraw-Hill in 2009, and his second book on The Fundamentals of Spatial Analysis and Modelling was published by CRC Press in 2021.