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Nepal disaster relief efforts to be aided by glacier researchers

8 May 2015 Columbus - Researchers who normally use high-resolution satellite imagery to study glaciers are using their technology to help with disaster relief and longer-term stabilization planning efforts related to the recent earthquake in Nepal.

On April 25, a violent earthquake struck central Nepal, killing more than 7,000 people and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. The deadliest earthquake in Nepal since 1934, the tremor killed at least 19 climbers and crew on Mount Everest and reportedly produced casualties in the adjoining countries of Bangladesh, China and India.

Two research teams - one at the Ohio State University and another at the University of Minnesota - are working quickly to employ Surface Extraction for TIN-based Searchspace Minimization (SETSM) software to produce high-resolution, 3D digital surface maps for use in the Nepali relief effort. The Ohio Supercomputer Center is providing the computing power for these data-intensive calculations.

"These data are critical for a range of uses, including mapping infrastructure, planning rescues and assessing slope stability", explained Ian Howat, Ph.D., an associate professor of Earth Sciences at Ohio State and a principal investigator in the Glacier Dynamics Research Group at the university's Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center. "Thus far, we have produced a mosaic that models the Kathmandu area with measurements at eight-meter intervals."

"To support this effort, we have granted the SETSM team priority queuing and an emergency allocation of up to 60,000 core hours for use of our flagship supercomputer system, the Oakley Cluster", stated Brian Guilfoos, HPC Client Services Manager at the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

The SETSM software is a fully automatic algorithm for deriving the surface maps, called Digital Terrain Models, or DTMs. The maps are created from applying the algorithm to sets of overlapping pairs of high-resolution satellite images acquired by colleagues at the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota. The satellite images are acquired from the Worldview-1 and Worldview-2 satellites, owned by DigitalGlobe Inc., and are licensed through the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's NextView programme. The Polar Geospatial Center will distribute the final products on the organisation's website .

“Besides improving on this DTM, we will be processing the entirely useable archive of Worldview stereo imagery over Nepal, starting this week, in order to expand coverage", stated Myoung-Jong Noh, a member of the Glacier Dynamics Research Group at the Byrd Center and the lead author of a scientific paper on SETSM in the journalGIScience & Remote Sensing.

The DTMs are built using photogrammetric techniques in which common features are identified in each image and are used to model the relative three-dimensional position of the terrain. These DTMs are constructed without ground control and rely on the satellite-positioning model to locate the surface in space. The accuracy of the DTM is expected to be within several meters in the vertical dimension. The initial version of the Nepal mosaic was produced automatically and, therefore, has some small errors and edge artifacts that will be improved in the days ahead.

In partnership with the Polar Geospatial Center, the Ohio State group has embarked on a massive implementation of SETSM to derive high-resolution DTM mosaics of large areas, such as the Greenland Ice Sheet. SETSM is currently installed and running on high performance computing systems at the Ohio Supercomputer Center, the National Science Foundation's Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. SETSM was developed as part of grant NNX10AN61G from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Source: Ohio State University

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Primeur weekly 2015-05-11

Special

German Tier 2 supercomputer centres should form a collaboration network for High-Performance Computing ...

The Cloud

ANSYS 16.1 delivers enterprise simulation On The Cloud ...

IBM Watson establishes hybrid Cloud capabilities to accelerate new insights for the enterprise ...

HP and SAP accelerate journey to SAP S/4HANA on HP Helion managed Cloud ...

Industrial virtual factory lowers costs and reduces emissions ...

HP makes performance and load testing solutions available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace ...

EuroFlash

High Performance computing element of the European Commission's new Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe ...

Biologists are increasingly becoming data scientists ...

Announcing the Hans Meuer Award winning Research Paper ...

ADVA Optical Networking launches ConnectGuard for ultimate data protection ...

German researchers use IBM Big Data solution to manage world's largest trove of climate data ...

15 million euro boost for European astronomy ...

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Cray names Nick Gorga to Vice President of Asia Pacific Sales ...

Cray reports first quarter financial results ...

Cray Urika-XA system wins Best of Show Award at Bio-IT World ...

Purdue's eighth supercomputing cluster in eight years not quite 'minute' Rice, but built in a day ...

UT Austin researchers use supercomputing to assess the impact of climate change on the country's growing season ...

IBM Watson Health, Epic and Mayo Clinic to unlock new insights from electronic health records ...

Scientists get ultra-fast and robust network across the Atlantic Ocean ...

Nepal disaster relief efforts to be aided by glacier researchers ...

Clinicians tap Watson to accelerate DNA analysis and inform personalized treatment options for patients ...

New chip architecture may provide foundation for quantum computer ...

The next step in DNA computing: GPS mapping? ...

IBM unveils Power Systems solutions to support SAP HANA ...