NOAA has posted online more than 350 aerial images of the U.S. GulfCoast areas that were decimated by Hurricane Katrina. NOAA will beflying more missions in the days ahead that will yield hundreds ofadditional aerial digital images. The regions photographed on Tuesdayrange from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula, Miss. The southeast coastalareas of Louisiana are being photographed on Wednesday. The aerialphotograph missions were conducted by the NOAA Remote Sensing Divisionthe day after Katrina made landfall at approximately 7:10 a.m. EDT onAug. 29, 2005, in Plaquemines Parish, La.
NOAA used an Emerge/Applanix Digital Sensor System, or DSS, toacquire the images from an altitude of 7,500 feet. The equipment wasmounted on NOAA’s Cessna Citation aircraft, which is a versatiletwin-engine jet aircraft modified for acquiring coastal remote sensingimagery. The aircraft can support a wide variety of remote sensingconfigurations, including large format aerial photography, as well asdata collection for digital cameras, hyperspectral, multispectral andLIDAR systems.
The NOAA Cessna Citation aircraft acquired 3-D images of the WorldTrade Center and Pentagon just days after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
The NOAA imagery was acquired to support the agency’s nationalsecurity and emergency response requirements. In addition, the imagerywill be used for ongoing research efforts for testing and developingstandards for airborne digital imagery.
NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is dedicated toenhancing economic security and national safety through the predictionand research of weather and climate-related events and providingenvironmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine resources.
Relevant Web Sites
NOAA Aerial Images of USA Gulf Coast Impacted by Hurricane Katrina -- http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/katrina/
NOAA Remote Sensing Division -- http://www.ngs.noaa.gov/RSD/rsd_home.shtml
NOAA National Geodetic Survey -- http://www.geodesy.noaa.gov/
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