Completed project: Enhancing Earthquake Data Enhanced Cyber-Infrastructure for Disaster Evaluation and Response (E-DECIDER) with loss and damage estimation capability

Primary UITS contact: Marlon Pierce

Completed: October 13, 2015

Description: Earthquake Data Enhanced Cyber-Infrastructure for Disaster Evaluation and Response (E-DECIDER) is a new capability for decision-making, utilizing NASA remote sensing data and modeling software to provide decision support for earthquake disaster management and response. Integrating our geophysical modeling and earthquake forecasting tools with newly available NASA InSAR capabilities (UAVSAR) will be immediately useful for risk evaluation, and also pave the way for future incorporation of data from the DESDynI Decadal Survey mission. The geodetic data, in conjunction with modeling and forecasting tools, will provide long-term planning information for disaster management decision makers, plus short-term information following earthquake events (e.g., identifying areas where the greatest deformation and damage has occurred, and where emergency services may need to be focused).

The San Francisco Bay Area in northern California is used as a test-bed for the project's decision-support capabilities. This region was ready for earthquake decision-support capabilities, as decision makers must consider rapid transit, levee systems, subsidence of coastal regions and basins, and landslides should an earthquake occur. The users of our developed capabilities include the USGS and the California Geological Survey (CGS).

E-DECIDER addresses NASA Strategic Goal 3 (to develop a balanced overall program of science, exploration, and aeronautics consistent with the redirection of the human spaceflight program to focus on exploration). It falls under Sub-goal 3A (to study Earth from space to advance scientific understanding and meet societal needs). Specifically, it will address points 6 and 7 under Sub-goal 3A (progress in characterizing and understanding Earth surface changes and variability of Earth's gravitational and magnetic fields, and progress in expanding and accelerating the realization of societal benefits from Earth system science).

Outcome: E-DECIDER relates most obviously to the Disaster Management application area of the Applied Sciences program. Specifically, E-DECIDER will address development of decision-support capabilities related to earthquake response and disaster management, but will also have broad application for use in identifying regions of deformation and subsidence during times of non-earthquake related events.

This work makes direct use of data types to be provided by the Decadal Survey recommended DESDynI mission, paving the road for use of InSAR data and providing an experience-based environment for users. The combination of new data, modeling, and decision support directly responds to the call in the executive summary of the NRC Decadal Survey (NRC Decadal Survey, 2007, p. 2), which states:

The committee found that fundamental improvements are needed in existing observation and information systems, because they only loosely connect three key elements:

  1. The raw observations that produce information
  2. The analyses, forecasts, and models that provide timely and coherent syntheses of otherwise disparate information
  3. The decision processes that use those analyses and forecasts to produce actions with direct societal benefits

Milestones and status: For project milestones and status, see the E-DECIDER project site.

Comment process: For issues, feature requests, improvement requests, clarifications, and questions on documentation, create a JIRA issue for the team. Alternatively, contact the IU Science Gateways group.

Benefits: E-DECIDER provides several services for analyzing, forecasting, and calculations, and a variety of shock, aftershock, and forecast products.

Related information: For more on E-DECIDER services and products, see:

Client impact: E-DECIDER provides products for major earthquake events around the globe. The data service API, a mobile interface for accessing large amount of geospatial data and forecasting products, has a major impact on the E-DECIDER client base.

Governance: The project is governed by open source software governance; see Apache Corporate Governance.

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