NOAA CONDUCTS AERIAL SURVEY OF REGIONS RAVAGED BY HURRICANE KATRINA
Aug. 31, 2005 — NOAA today posted online more than 350 aerial images of the U.S. Gulf Coast areas that were decimated by Hurricane Katrina. NOAA will be flying more missions in the days ahead that will yield hundreds of additional aerial digital images. The regions photographed on Tuesday range from Bay St. Louis to Pascagoula, Miss. The southeast coastal areas of Louisiana are being photographed on Wednesday. The aerial photograph missions were conducted by the NOAA Remote Sensing Division the day after Katrina made landfall at approximately 7:10 a.m. EDT on Aug. 29, 2005, in Plaquemines Parish, La. (Click NOAA aerial image for larger view of the destruction in Pascagoula, Miss., left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina taken on Aug. 30, 2005. Click here for high resolution version. Please credit “NOAA.”)
used an Emerge/Applanix Digital Sensor System, or DSS, to acquire the
images from an altitude of 7,500 feet. The equipment was mounted on
Citation aircraft, which is a versatile twin-engine jet aircraft
modified for acquiring coastal remote sensing imagery. The aircraft
can support a wide variety of remote sensing configurations, including
large format aerial photography, as well as data collection for digital
cameras, hyperspectral, multispectral and LIDAR systems. (Click
NOAA aerial image for larger view of the devastation in Ocean Springs,
Miss., taken on Aug. 30, 2005, after Hurricane Katrina slammed the region.
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, 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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