International Journal of Geographical Information Science ( IF 3.733 ) Pub Date : 2019-08-22 , DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2019.1655755 Chuli Hu; Jie Li; Changjiang Xiao; Ke Wang; Nengcheng Chen
When facing a specific emergent geographical environment observation task (GeoTask), people need to be able to handle reliable and comprehensive disaster information in the shortest possible time. The lack of effective cognition of multi-sensor collaborated observation capability is a hindrance to performance. By adopting the GIS object field concept as the bottom framework, we propose a sensor observation capability object field (SOCO-Field) with sensor observation capability particle (SOC-Particle) as its core. SOCO-Field integrates SOC-Objects and GeoField for the discovery and association of sensors. SOC-Particle objectively exists on every location point in the geospatial environment, and SOC-Particles in space-continuous areas can further aggregate into SOC-Particle cluster to represent single- or multi-sensor-associated observation capability information. SOCO-Field includes three basic association behaviours and four further association behaviours to solve associated observation capability, in which the dynamic GeoField is the influential factor. An experiment on flood monitoring in the lower reaches of Jinsha River Basin is conducted. The sensor planner can view any sensor combination’s associated observation capability under a specific association mode and can effectively dispatch a multi-sensor for collaborated observation due to the effective modelling of associated sensor observation capability information (SOCInfo).