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Role of Sensors and IoT in Natural Disasters, Reports IEEE

Natural calamities like hurricanes, forest fires, floods, volcanoes, tornadoes, and earthquakes can be detrimental to the communities that experience these unexpected disasters. In order to protect our natural resources, infrastructure and the people who inhabit an affected area, technologists are utilizing sensors and IoT to monitor natural weather events and notify citizens about critical safety information quickly.

IEEE“In general, addressing [natural weather events] comes up with sensing the issue or damage,” says IEEE member Ramneek Kalra. “In a similar way, by using sensor technologies over the outskirts of a city/country one can sense the upcoming natural disasters. With that, connected distributed infrastructure can help to achieve data transmission which is the base foundation for IoT.”

Sensor technology is being used to monitor and track various data about natural weather events that could impact communities, as well as offer real-time information during and after the natural weather event occurs. For example, sensors are capable of monitoring roads with damaged power lines, detect increased water levels before a hurricane and track how quickly a forest fire is spreading. IEEE member Adriano Camps from Geoscience and Remote Sensing (GRSS) says that “wildfires are monitored using the emitted radiation in the Thermal Infrared part of the Spectrum.”

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