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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6(8), 231; doi:10.3390/ijgi6080231

Comparative Research of Visual Interpretation of Aerial Images and Topographic Maps for Unskilled Users: Searching for Objects Important for Decision-Making in Crisis Situations

Department of Geography, Faculty of Education, Masaryk University, Porici Str. 7, Brno CZ-60300, Czech Republic
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Received: 3 June 2017 / Revised: 21 July 2017 / Accepted: 25 July 2017 / Published: 27 July 2017
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The article presents the results of research focused on the speed and success rate of reading aerial images and topographic maps showing the same territory in the Czech Republic. Attention was focused on searching for objects of importance in terms of disaster management (railway and road bridges, road, watercourse, railway station, airport). The success rate was electronically evaluated by the Hypothesis software as a whole for the image, and the map was created for all respondents and for selected groups of respondents. The results showed that, with the exception of watercourse identification, other strategic objects are found faster and more reliably on color aerial images. No differences in speed and success of interpretation were found between men and women, laymen and experts. Soldiers and crisis management personnel were faster than laymen, but they were equally successful. Color aerial images or color aerial orthophotomaps have thus proved to be a key source of data for effective decision-making on a territory where a crisis event is taking place and where the deployment of a crisis unit is a need. View Full-Text
Keywords: disaster management; aerial imagery; critical objects; Hypothesis software; respondents; electronic testing; gender aspects disaster management; aerial imagery; critical objects; Hypothesis software; respondents; electronic testing; gender aspects
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Svatonova, H.; Kolejka, J. Comparative Research of Visual Interpretation of Aerial Images and Topographic Maps for Unskilled Users: Searching for Objects Important for Decision-Making in Crisis Situations. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2017, 6, 231.

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