Production of semi-real time media-GIS contents of natural disasters using MODIS satellite data

Connell, David John (2015) Production of semi-real time media-GIS contents of natural disasters using MODIS satellite data. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

In the event of a natural disaster, the information provided to the public can play an important role in its mitigation and management. Use of media-GIS content has been shown to provide information that is visual and accessible to the public. This report focuses on the information provided to the public through the media and develops rigorous production methods and quality practices to encourage increased strategic use of media-GIS content.

The report utilizes three natural disaster case studies to evaluate the production method and presents recommendations and conclusions based on the information these provide. Previous studies identified five aspects that are important to media-GIS contents. These are accuracy, high aesthetic quality, speed, low cost and reusability. A review of MODIS imagery has shown it to sufficiently satisfy all five aspects.

The report identifies an ideal source of MODIS data and a production method based on the information available to be obtained. By applying this methodology to the three case studies, it was found that the process could be more streamlined than previously identified methods. Further observations identified both positive and negative aspects of the method allowing improvements to be made were possible. Whilst limitations of MODIS were identified, the properties of MODIS data make it evident that it is the most effective source of satellite data for the production of media-GIS content where time and cost need to be minimised.

Completion of the case studies led to the production of a guidebook, presented in Appendix F, which is intended to be issued to media outlets as an instruction manual for producing media-GIS contents. It is hoped that this will encourage an increase in the use of GIS within the media industry and provide thorough production method and quality practices information.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Bachelor of Spatial Science project
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Supervisors: Perera, Kithsiri
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2016 01:03
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2016 01:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: MODIS; media; GIS; natural disaster; worldview; real-time
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29185

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