Based on communication with the Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Pacific Office, UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER requested the activation of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" to assess the damage caused by Super Typhoon Bopha that hit the island nation Palau on early morning of 3 Dec 2012.
Dotzek, N. & C. Forster (2008): Use of the European Severe Weather Database to verify satellite- based storm detection or nowcasting. Proc. 2008 EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference, Darmstadt, 8-12 September 2008, 8 pp.
This study developed a rapid assessment algorithm for post-hurricane forest damage estimation using moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) measurements. The performance of five commonly used vegetation indices as post-hurricane forest damage indicators was investigated through statistical analysis. The Normalized Difference Infrared Index (NDII) was identified as the optimal damage indicator among these vegetation indices.
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Wang, W., Qu, J. J., Hao, X., Liu, Y., & Stanturf, J. a. (2010). Post-hurricane forest damage assessment using satelliteremote sensing. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150(1), 122-132.
Adams, B. J. et al (2006). Deployment of remote sensing technology for multi-hazard post-Katrina damage assessment within a spatially-tiered reconnaissance framework. Fourth International Workshop on Remote Sensing for Post DisasterResponse Cambridge, UK.