Piero Boccardo

Piero Boccardo
Politecnico di Torino | polito · DIST - Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning

PhD

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June 2012 - present
5T
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  • CEO
November 2006 - present
Ithaca
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  • Managing Director
January 2001 - December 2013
Politecnico di Torino

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LiDAR systems are evolving very rapidly. In recent years, in fact, the forest sector is largely taking advantage of such evolving progress. Aerial LiDAR (ALS) capability of collecting large amounts of data can directly influence the cost of ordinary in-field forest measurements. A great availability of freely accessible LiDAR data archives from pub...
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Snow avalanches are the result of unstable snow masses that detach from steep slopes as consequence of changes in snowpack structure. Nowadays, remote sensing technologies can improve the knowledge of avalanches phenomenon. This work focuses on the use of high point density aerial LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology as support to avalanc...
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Snow avalanches are the result of unstable snow masses that detach from steep slopes as consequence of changes in snowpack structure. Nowadays, remote sensing technologies can improve the knowledge of avalanches phenomenon. This work focuses on the use of high point density aerial LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) technology as support to avalanc...
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The quite recent availability of satellite stereo pairs allows users to extract three-dimensional data that can be used in different domain of applications, such as urban planning, energy, emergency management, etc. This research paper aims to extract digital surface models (DSM) from satellite stereo pairs acquired by three different satellites (D...
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Road network functional hierarchy classifies individual roads into several levels, for efficient traffic management and road network generalization purposes. Automatic and semi-automatic road network extraction methods exist, but the generated products normally lack information on its functional hierarchy. This paper presents a methodology for auto...
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Gli eventi di pioggia intensa sono universalmente riconosciuti come la causa scatenante di molti dei più catastrofici disastri naturali. Negli ultimi decenni, numerosi gruppi di ricerca hanno cercato di sfruttare le potenzialità di alcuni open data resi disponibili in tempo reale per sviluppare sistemi di monitoraggio e allerta per piogge intense e...
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This essay describes rapid mapping activities based on satellite imagery and it is focused on earthquake damage assessment carried out by the Rapid Mapping component of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS). In the introduction section the potentials of satellite sensors, especially the very-high resolution optical ones, in providing v...
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The paper deals with the general presentation of the Urban GEO BIG DATA, a collaborative acentric and distributed Free and Open Source (FOS) platform consisting of several components: local data nodes for data and related service Web deploy; a visualization node for data fruition; a catalog node for data discovery; a CityGML modeler; data-rich view...
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Satellite-based Emergency Mapping (SEM) mechanisms provide information for emergency response in relation to different types of disasters, including tsunamis, based on the analysis of satellite imagery acquired in the aftermath of an event. One of the main critical aspects of a SEM service is the timeliness in providing relevant information in the...
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The rapid growth of methods and techniques to acquire geospatial data has led to a wide availability of overlapping geographic datasets with different characteristics. Road network data sources are today a significant number, with high differences in level of detail and modelling schemas, depending on the main purpose. In addition, continuous infor...
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In urban and metropolitan context, Traffic Operations Centres (TOCs) use technologies as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to tackling urban mobility issue. Usually in TOCs, various isolated systems are maintained in parallel (stored in different databases), and data comes from different sources: a challen...
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Traffic (or road) signs are an important component for applications in the mobility domain. When integrated with a road network, traffic signs, e.g. speed limits, restricted access, breakthrough prohibition signs, provide information that can be exploited in determining impedances, travel times and routing options. Additionally, the availability of...
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Floating car data (FCD) is becoming more and more relevant for mobility domain applications, overcoming issues derived by the use of physical sensors (e.g. inductive loops, video observation, infrared and laser vehicle detection etc.), such as limited geographical distribution, measure inhomogeneities, limited or null coverage of minor roads. An in...
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Extreme rainfall may trigger some of the most catastrophic natural disasters, whose consequences may be exacerbated especially in places where an appropriate network of measurement instruments is not available. A combination of remotely sensed data and weather prediction model outputs can often help to obtain information with a global spatial cover...
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Flood events represent some of the most catastrophic natural disasters, especially in localities where appropriate measurement instruments and early warning system are not available. Remotely sensed data can often help to obtain near real-time rainfall information with a global spatial coverage without the limitations that characterize other instru...
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Flood events represent some of the most catastrophic natural disasters, especially in localities where appropriate measurement instruments and early warning systems are not available. Remotely sensed data can often help to obtain near real-time rainfall information with a global spatial coverage without the limitations that characterize other instr...
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Many studies have shown a growing trend in terms of frequency and severity of extreme events. As never before, having tools capable to monitor the amount of rain that reaches the Earth’s surface has become a key point for the identification of areas potentially affected by floods. In order to guarantee an almost global spatial coverage, NASA Global...
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Oil palm is a perennial tree that well fits the humid tropical climate; fresh fruit bunchesare the palm raw fruit for oil mills. Palm oil is the world highest yielding oil crop determining that palms are extensively planted in South-East Asia, especially in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia where plantations have been spreading in response to the i...
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Many studies have shown a growing trend, in terms of number, frequency and severity of extreme events. As never before, having tools capable to monitor the amount of rain that reaches the Earth’s surface has become a focal point for the identification of areas potentially affected by floods. In order to guarantee an almost global spatial coverage,...
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During disaster response, the availability of relevant information, delivered in a proper format enabling its use among the different actors involved in response efforts, is key to lessen the impact of the disaster itself. Focusing on the contribution of geospatial information, meaningful advances have been achieved through the adoption of satellit...
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Damage assessment is a fundamental step to support emergency response and recovery activities in a post-earthquake scenario. In recent years, UAVs and satellite optical imagery was applied to assess major structural damages before technicians could reach the areas affected by the earthquake. However, bad weather conditions may harm the quality of t...
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A protocol for assessing the quality of digital geospatial data is applied to samples of volunteered geographic information (created by Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) and professional mappers (Copernicus EMS-rapid mapping). The application on pre-event data shows that a large percentage of them is very similar in terms of quality and is, therefor...
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Damage assessment from very high resolution (VHR) remote sensing imagery plays a fundamental role in the delineation of the impact caused by catastrophic events. To date internationally accepted standard guidelines on how to assess damages to building using vertical imagery have not yet been developed. This study therefore proposes a building damag...
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Traffic Message Channel (TMC) is a technology for delivering traffic information to vehicle drivers. Sources of traffic information typically include police departments, Traffic Information Centers (TICs), camera systems, traffic speed detectors, floating car data, so on. Both public and commercial TMC services are operational in many countries. TM...
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This paper investigates the potential of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) interferometry in the field of emergency mapping, assessing its suitability for both rapid mapping, aimed at supporting the immediate response phase after a disastrous event, and risk mapping, addressing risk prevention and mitigation activities. The conventional Differential I...
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This chapter focuses on the emergency mapping activities generally carried out to support the immediate response to flood events, mainly describing the role of satellite data. An introduction on emergency mapping is provided, presenting the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS), the emergency mapping service provided by the European Union (...
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Investigating the hydrological response of an area to adverse climate changes and extreme rainfall events is crucial for managing land and water resources and mitigating the natural hazards like floods. Limited availability of the in situ data, especially in case of Transboundary Rivers, further highlights the need to develop and evaluate decision...
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Various regions in Europe have suffered from severe flooding over the last decades. Flood disasters often have a broad extent and a high frequency. They are considered the most devastating natural hazards because of the tremendous fatalities, injuries, property damages, economic and social disruption that they cause. In this context, Earth Observat...
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Mapping land use/land cover (LULC) changes at regional scales is essential for a wide range of applications, including landslide, erosion, land planning, global warming etc In this study, LULC changes are investigated by using of Remote Sensing and Aerial images in Rivoli area. For this purpose, firstly supervised classification technique is applie...
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Air quality is a factor of primary importance for the quality of life. The increase of the pollutants percentage in the air can cause serious problems to the human and environmental health. For this reason it is essential to monitor its values to prevent the consequences of an excessive concentration, to reduce the pollution production or to avoid...
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Air quality is a factor of primary importance for the quality of life. The increase of the pollutants percentage in the air can cause serious problems to the human and environmental health. For this reason it is essential to monitor its values to prevent the consequences of an excessive concentration, to reduce the pollution production or to avoid...
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The joining of geospatial datasets is required to utilize the complete set of information available in each of them. There are many open source geospatial datasets available such as GeoNames, Open Street Map, Natural Earth and to get a comprehensive dataset with the union of all available information it is important that such datasets are linked op...
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Exploiting the decrease of costs related to UAV technology, the humanitarian community started piloting the use of similar systems in humanitarian crises several years ago in different application fields, i.e., disaster mapping and information gathering, community capacity building, logistics and even transportation of goods. Part of the author's g...
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Il volume è l’esito scientifico di una serie di indagini di scavo su Piazza Savoia e nell’area del Castello in Susa, eseguiti tra il 2002 e il 2009 sotto la direzione dalla Soprintendenza Archeologica del Piemonte e sull’Arco augusteo avviati in occasione del bimillenario delle morte di Augusto. Due le sezioni di rilievi di fotogrammetria digitale...
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This paper presents a methodology aimed at enabling local government personnel and decision makers to easily process satellite-derived precipitation data for the assessment of extreme precipitation hazard and to integrate them with geospatial reference datasets for the production of timely and meaningful flood risk information, considering also the...
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In recent years an increasing number of extreme meteorological events have been recorded. Geomatics techniques have been historically adopted to support the different phases of the Emergency Management cycle with a main focus on emergency response, initial recovery and preparedness through the acquisition, processing, management and dissemination o...
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In recent years, due to an increasing number of extreme meteorological events potentially related to climate change, a growing attention has been paid to the operational use of satellite remote sensing applied to emergency management applications. This is mainly due to the large and timely availability of different types of remotely sensed data—as...
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Investigating the hydrologic response of a catchment to adverse climate changes is crucial for managing land and water resources and mitigating the natural hazards like floods. Limited availability of the in situ data, especially in case of transboundary rivers, further highlights the need to develop and evaluate decision support systems which may...
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Hazard warning is an area of research that requires both hazard evaluation and warning dissemination. At present, no such system carrying out both hazard evaluation and warning communication directly to the user community exists. Thus, there has been a need to develop an automated integrated system to categorize hazard and issue warning that reache...
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Increase in global average temperatures, widespread snowmelt and rising sea levels are important evidences of climate change, causing severe changes in the spatial and temporal rainfall patterns and increasing the frequency of related natural disasters like floods and droughts. This scenario increases the importance of satellite data for effecti...
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This second publication of this series (after Examples and Best practices) outlines the potential financial benefit of Geoinformation technologies used to reduce the impact of natural or manmade disasters and risks. It contains examples and case studies of Geoinformation Technologies resulting from different stakeholder assessments. A two-fold appr...
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In recent years, growing attention is paid to remote sensing when used for disaster management applications. This is essentially due to the large variety of remotely acquired imagery available for the extraction of geometric and thematic features in order to map, delineate and grade natural disasters impacts. Another key point is the quick availabi...
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The paper explains a system to assess automatically vulnerability due to landslide on socio-economy of a region by categorizing landslide hazard using spatial as well as temporal causative factors. The expert system has input, understanding, expert & output modules & uses digital spatial data of causative factors of landslide. Input accepts themati...
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In recent years natural and human induced hazards have increasingly turned into disasters with rising frequency and intensity. These disasters pose threats to prominent cultural and natural heritage sites of the world and, therefore, require the intervention of skilled technicians and staff with specific scientific and cultural training. It is nece...
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Several studies have been conducted in Africa to assist local governments in addressing the risk situation related to natural hazards. Geospatial data containing information on vulnerability, impacts, climate change, disaster risk reduction is usually part of the output of such studies and is valuable to national and international organizations to...