DEVELOPMENT OF A GEO-ANALYTICS PLATFORM FOR POST-DISASTER GROUND ASSESSMENT
Earthquake is a frequently encountered natural hazard and can cause losses of lives and assets. In order to understand the nature of seismic hazards and the risks sourced from them, careful investigations are needed by using diverse geoinformation types. Thanks to the availability of multi-platform and high-resolution geospatial datasets, vast amount of geodata can be collected and analyzed for obtaining timely information on land’s surface before and after an earthquake event; and to assist the disaster management authorities and first responders for supporting the mitigation efforts. On January 24, 2020, an earthquake with Mw 6.8 occurred in Elazig Province, Turkey; caused 41 deaths and damaged the buildings and infrastructure. Although various geodatasets could be collected and processed by the geomatics experts, their utilization by other stakeholders, such as geoscientists, local authorities, and citizens remained limited due to the accessibility issues, and high complexity in their visualization, processing and interpretation. In this study, a web-based platform called EQ4D was designed and implemented to present the multi-sensor and multi-platform 4D data to the stakeholders, and to allow for basic geo-analytical processes such as change detection, 3D surface measurements, etc. Cesium JS and Potree libraries were employed for 3D visualization. PostGIS spatial database management system was used for storing and managing the data, and for performing spatial queries. Currently EQ4D is suitable for the use of geoscientists, and can be further customized for generic use at similar geohazards and developed for the use of inexperienced users, such as citizen scientists.