NOAA CAPTURES AERIAL IMAGES OF DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY HURRICANE DENNIS
July 12, 2005 — NOAA today posted online more than 600 aerial images of the USA Gulf Coast regions struck by Hurricane Dennis last Sunday. The Florida Panhandle regions photographed range from Pensacola to Panama City. The aerial photograph missions were conducted by the NOAA Remote Sensing Division the day after Hurricane Dennis made landfall at 3:25 p.m. EDT on Santa Rosa Island between Navarre Beach and Pensacola Beach, Fla., packing winds between 115 mph to 120 mph. NOAA will conduct more aerial flights of the affected regions. (Click NOAA aerial image for larger view of damage left in the wake of Hurricane Dennis in Pensacola, Fla., taken July 11, 2005. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)
The NOAA imagery was acquired to support the agency’s national security and emergency response requirements. In addition, the imagery will be used for ongoing research efforts for testing and developing standards for airborne digital imagery.
NOAA used an Emerge/Applanix Digital Sensor System, or DSS, to acquire the images from an altitude of 7,500 feet. NOAA used a mix of private sector and NOAA assets to complete the mission. (Click NOAA aerial image for larger view of Gulf Islands National Seashore southeast of Pensacola, Fla., where Hurricane Dennis washed a lot of sand onto a road taken July 11, 2005. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)
NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of the nation's coastal and marine resources.
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