Emerging role of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for disaster management applications

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Nanotechnology-Based Smart Remote Sensing Networks for Disaster Prevention


The increased number of disaster occurrences and their devastating nature have caused significant damages around the world. Although there are disaster management institutions and related policies in place to deal with disasters; however, need to be enhanced by the use of state-of-the-art technologies. The interdisciplinary nature of disaster management and technology has hindered the rapid deployment of technological solutions in this domain. However, recently, the trend has been shifted and technology has been widely used to support disaster management activities. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are one of the potential technological platforms which can efficiently be used to facilitate the disaster management process. This chapter addresses the emerging role of UAVs in disaster management applications and highlights essential aspects to be considered. Some highlighted concepts discussed under this chapter include UAVs classification, potential sensory equipment, regulations related to UAVs, hardware considerations of UAVs, and applications of UAVs in different disaster management activities. In addition, the chapter also highlights a few crucial challenges related to UAVs that need consideration in the context of disaster management applications.

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