Title

A terrain risk assessment method for military surveillance applications for mobile assets

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Keywords

unmanned aerial vehicles, military surveillance, terrain assessment, risk, terrain modeling

Abstract

This study proposes an analytical and flexible terrain risk assessment method for military surveillance applications for mobile assets. Considering the risk as the degree of possibility of insurgent presence, the assessment method offers an efficient evaluation of risk in the surrounding terrain for military combat operating posts or observation posts. The method is designed for unmanned aerial vehicles as the surveillance assets of choice to improve the effectiveness of their use. Starting with the area map and geographical data, the target terrain is first digitized for space representation. Then the data of nine geographical parameters are used to formulate five contributing risk factors. These factors are incorporated in an analytical framework to generate a composite map with risk scores that reveal the potential high-risk spots in the terrain. The proposed method is also applied to a real-life case study of COP Kahler in Afghanistan, which was a target for insurgent attacks in 2008. The results confirm that when evaluated with the developed method, the region that the insurgents used to approach COP Kahler has high concentration of high-risk cells.

Recommended Citation

Buyurgan, Nebil, and Nabil Lehlou. "A terrain risk assessment method for military surveillance applications for mobile assets." Computers & Industrial Engineering 88 (2015): 88-99.

DOI for the article

10.1016/j.cie.2015.06.025

Department

Technology and Construction Management

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