Special Issue "Dam Stability Monitoring with Satellite Geodesy"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Engineering Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Antonio Miguel Ruiz Armenteros
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Departamento de Ingeniería Cartográfica, Geodésica y Fotogrametría, Universidad de Jaén, Edificio de Ingeniería y Tecnología A3, Campus Las Lagunillas s/n - 23071 Jaén, Spain
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Interests: deformation monitoring, InSAR, MT-InSAR, GNSS, geodesy, remote sensing
Prof. Roberto Tomás
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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Alicante, Campus de San Vicente del Raspeig s/n, 03080 Alicante, Spain
Interests: landslides; land subsidence; geohazards; infrastructures; remote sensing; EO techniques
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Prof. Dr. Joaquim João Moreira de Sousa
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Department of Engineering, School of Sciences and Technology of the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, 5000-801, Portugal
Interests: UAS; image processing algorithms (RGB, NIR, multi- and hyperspectral, thermal and LiDAR sensors); InSAR; precision agriculture; precision forestry
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Prof. M. Clara de Lacy
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Departamento de Ingeniería Cartográfica, Geodésica y Fotogrametría, Universidad de Jaén, Campus Las Lagunillas s/n - 23071 Jaén, Spain
Interests: GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System); Galileo; geodesy; deformation monitoring; geoid

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Monitoring the structural health of dams is critical to ensuring their safety conditions and maintaining their operational functions. Dam failures can lead to significant social, economic, and environmental impacts, constituting high risks for people, human settlements, infrastructures, as well as the environment. Therefore, continuous surveillance and safety programs are necessary in order to detect any critical situations that may cause catastrophic losses of infrastructures and lives. Occasionally, failures do not occur completely, but the operational conditions of dams cannot be fully guaranteed, thus producing important economic losses, for example, due to the interruption of energy production or other related activities such as hydraulic regulation and water storage.

The complexity of dams requires the use of multiple sensors for their surveillance. Each sensor focuses on a specific area of the dam, the slopes surrounding the reservoir, or the structures of public services. The purpose of monitoring is not only to early warn about a future collapse but also to provide useful information to verify the design parameters, investigate the reasons that may cause deformation processes, and extract necessary lessons that can be implemented in future projects.

Although deformation monitoring of this type of man-made infrastructure is a mandatory task, undeniably very accurate and reliable, it is usually time-consuming and very expensive. The monitoring measurements include the establishment of classical geodetic networks (triangulations/trilaterations and leveling) and GNSS networks for monitoring the structure and surrounding areas, the inclusion of geotechnical/structural sensors to measure local deformations and other physical quantities, and the application of other remote sensing techniques from ground-based and satellite platforms, such as terrestrial laser scanning (TLS), ground-based synthetic aperture radar (GBSAR), or spaceborne SAR interferometry (InSAR).

Currently, in many cases, integrated monitoring systems combine information from several sources in order to monitor different processes that may affect the stability of the structure or cross-validate different results. Space geodetic techniques have great advantages compared to other conventional geodetic techniques, which turns them into efficient monitoring methods in terms of time and cost. In particular, the use of GNSS and InSAR techniques, together with the high availability of medium- and high-spatial-resolution images from the latest generations of SAR constellations with shorter revisit times and the continuous development of algorithms for time series analysis, aims to accelerate the collection of results and their reliability.

To summarise, the analysis and computation methods for stability monitoring in civil engineering have been improved as a result of developments in measuring instruments, computer science, and Global Earth Observation Systems. The goal of this Special Issue is to promote satellite geodesy as a tool for monitoring dams, collecting success cases in which these monitoring techniques, alone or in combination with other techniques, allow to detect deformations of this type of structures.

We are looking forward to receiving your contribution to this Special Issue on “Dam Stability Monitoring with Satellite Geodesy”.

Prof. Antonio Miguel Ruiz Armenteros
Prof. Roberto Tomás
Prof. Joaquim João Sousa
Prof. M. Clara de Lacy
Prof. Dr. Zhenhong Li
Guest Editors

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  • Dam
  • Satellite geodesy
  • Remote sensing
  • GNSS
  • Radar interferometry
  • InSAR
  • Deformation monitoring
  • Geodetic measurements
  • Geotechnical measurements
  • Infrastructure
  • Earth observation
  • Sensors

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