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A Multimodal Approach for Event Detection: Study of UK Lockdowns in the Year 2020.

@ IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2022



Satellites allow spatially precise monitoring of the Earth, but provide only limited information on events of societal impact. Subjective societal impact, however, may be quantified at a high frequency by monitoring social media data. In this work, we propose a multi-modal data fusion framework to accurately identify periods of COVID-19-related lockdown in the United Kingdom using satellite observations (NO2 measurements from Sentinel-5P) and social media (textual content of tweets from Twitter) data. We show that the data fusion of the two modalities improves the event detection accuracy on a national level and for large cities such as London.

Joëlle Hanna, Linus Mathias Scheibenreif, Michael Mommert, Damian Borth

14 Sep 2022

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