Hurricanes have been one of the most
ruthless natural intruders to wreak mass
havoc. To a layman it’s a deadly storm for
the loss of lives and properties they result
in. Erosion and weakening of coastal areas
and causing destruction to coastal communities
are the broad scale hurricane impacts from the
resultant storm surge.
Predictions and Monitoring Hurricanes
It’s a fact that predictions of hurricanes and
their possible impacts have been challenging over
the years due to the variability of shoreline types,
including barrier islands, mangroves, coral reefs
and pocket beaches.
According to NOAA, of the USD 310-billion weather
disasters between 1980 and 2021, tropical cyclones
(or hurricanes) have caused the most damage: over
USD 1.1 trillion total, with an average cost of USD
20.5 billion per event. So, improving prediction
abilities by embracing geospatial technologies and AI
are proving to be a very good way to mitigate the
hurricane impacts and improve the natural event
preparedness and post disaster recovery path.
Using satellite data for hurricane tracking
AiDash, a California based company, is bringing forth
the power of satellites and AI to address such natural
disaster monitoring and tracking. The customers use
the company’s AI-based analytics for storm resiliency
that can further help communities respond in many ways
before, during and after a hurricane or other major storm.
“Satellites are omnipresent and can scan vast areas
quickly – 10,000 miles in a day. If a hurricane strikes
a state like Florida, satellites’ remote sensing can
capture the entire area in a day. AiDash uses AI to
analyze satellite imagery so that key decision makers
and emergency responders can have in minutes the accurate,
current damage predictions and assessments they need to
respond, restore, and recover better and faster,” shares
Abhishek Singh, CEO of AiDash.
In fact even before a natural event actually strikes,
one can use the AiDash remote sensing technology to
identify high-impact areas with potential for extensive
storm damage. Even after the storm passes, the technologies
can be used to monitor in near real time the extent of
storm damage, prioritize repair tasks according to the
severity of their impact on emergency responders and other
customers, and verify the repair work itself.
Customer feedback has shown that using such technologies
have made restorations 30% faster and 15% fewer power outages in storms.
The technology also allows route analysis for low spots
and hazardous vegetation helps to prevent damage, flooding,
and other obstructions that delay help reaching the places
and people who need it, threatening safety and hampering recovery.
Provided by the IKCEST Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service System