Hurricane Katrina & Rita Maps, Imagery, weblogs, and more for the GIS user

The GIS & Geospatial user community has responded in a big way to the recovery and clean-up efforts of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. In an effort to help keep you informed, we’ve compiled some areas of interest to the GISuser and will update this page as needed. You’ll find useful pointers to satellite imagery and gis data, details of our expanded map/photoblog, and a complete archive of relevant news items and other important announcements.

* LINKS * Hurricane PhotoBlog/MapBlog  –  Hurricane Recovery Discussions – NOAA Storm Tracker

Satellite Imagery, GIS data sources, & Image Archives - if you require data or imagery these are some fine resources and portals available for your use.


The Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS), a Division of the Texas Water Development Board, is the state’s clearinghouse for maps, aerial photos, and digital natural resources data.  TNRIS also serves as a distribution center for U.S. Geological Survey maps and has numerous other map collections available for in-house use or reproduction.

LAGIC was established by the Louisiana GIS Council (LGISC) and the Louisiana Office of E-Services to facilitate the distribution of geographic information, provide technical assistance, and support GIS data development among state, federal, and local government.

 ESRI’s Hurricane Katrina Web Mapping App – A new Web app, the Hurricane Katrina Disaster Viewer, is now available from ESRI to provide detailed information about areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The site allows the public, emergency responders, relief organizations, and others to locate an address or zoom to areas of interest and view areas declared “damaged” by FEMA, affected delivery areas for the U.S. 

GIS bus!Feature Article – GIS and GISCorps Respond to Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi – Talbot J. Brooks, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies, Delta State University worked within MEMA, FEMA, and the rest of the alphabet soup to start GIS at the Jackson Emergency Operations Center. According to Brooks, the GISCorps call for help came at his request. He has graciously shared his story of Hurricane Katrina, the role GIS played in the response, and the 27 August – 6 September time period…. in his words… he was “there”. Read on for a look at the response, some Q & A’s, and example maps and images from the URISA GIScorps in Mississippi.


GIS / Geospatial News & PR Announcements relating to hurricane response, rescue, and recovery

Many companies have issued PR about their response. Lizardtech has no official news, however, like many other companies in our industry, they have responded.

LizardTech has donated licenses of its GeoExpress with MrSID® software to agencies involved in ongoing relief efforts in New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation. These agencies are using GeoExpress to convert massive datasets from raw format to LizardTech’s industry standard MrSID format in support of other agencies that require analysis or survey of areas within the region affected by the disaster. In assisting ATMOS Energy Louisiana, GE Energy acquired approximately a terabyte (a thousand gigabytes) of georeferenced aerial imagery of the region, which it is rushing to convert to MrSID format so that it can be viewed in conjunction with New Orleans’ utility and infrastructure data, which in turn will enable ATMOS to efficiently run valve isolation on its gas mains. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is using GeoExpress to compress satellite imagery from various commercial and military sources so that it can be used in GIS applications on laptops and other mobile devices in the field for “before and after” analysis of the affected areas.

PhotoMapping & MapBlog –

Using our flickr account, we’ve been storing a number of useful maps, imagery, graphs, and other scenes of interest. Many have pointers to additional data and information. This resource has seen huge traffic and has been constantly growing. We hope you find it useful.

Some maps and images of interest:

New Orleans map - vertical profile

This image is worth 1,000 words! Vertical profile shows where the city of New Orleans is positioned relative to Lake Ponchaltrain and the Mississippi River (Source:


New Orleans 3D map - Google Earth

This image was created using Google Earth’s 3D perspective tilt. The hack was linked from It shows imagery and flooding around the dome on imagery from NOLA.

Louisiana Petroleum Map

Map of the Louisiana petroleum resources (submitted by site user)

Map of New Orleans area bathymetry

Call For Volunteers

The URISACorps has issued a couple of calls for GIS volunteers. See HERE & this News – UPDATE

Discussion Forum

We’ve created a discussion area where users can list items of interest or ask questions etc…  Enter the Forum Here

Where to Give Help/Support (Source: CNN)

• American Red Cross — (800) HELP-NOW
• Feed the Children — (800) 525-7575
• Salvation Army — (800) SAL-ARMY
• America’s Second Harvest — (800) 771-2303
• Catholic Charities USA — (800) 919-9338
• B’nai B’rith International — (888) 388-4224
• Church World Service — (800) 297-1516 ext 222
• MercyCorps — (888) 256-1900
• Noah’s Wish — (530) 622-9313
• North Shore Animal League — (877) 4savepet
• Operation Blessing — (800) 730-2537
• Episcopal Relief and Development — (800) 334-7626
• Habitat for Humanity — (800) HABITAT
• The United Way — (800) 272-4630
• Humane Society of America — (888) 259-5431
• ASPCA — (866) 275-3923
• Lutheran Disaster Response — (800) 638-3522
• Mennonite Disaster Service — (800) 348-7468
• Water Missions International — (843) 769-7395
• United Methodist Committee on Relief — (800) 554-8583
• The Baton Rouge Area Foundation — (877) 387-6126
• Samaritan’s Purse — (800) 665-2843
• Food for the Hungry — (877) 780-4261 ext 2506
• Northwest Medical Teams — (800) 959-4325
• World Relief — (800) 535-5433
• Adventist Development Relief Agency — (800) 424-2372
• Southern Baptist Convention — (888) 571-5895
• Save the Children — (800) 728-3843
• International Medical Corps — (800) 481-4462
• American Friends Service Committee — (888) 588-2378
• AmeriCares — (800) 486-4357
• International Aid — (800) 251-2502
• International Medical Corps — (800) 481-4462
• International Relief Teams — (619) 284-7979
• International Rescue Committee — (877) 733-8433
• Life for Relief and Development — (800) 827-3543
• MAP International — (866) 627-4483
• Mercy (M-USA) — (800) 55-MERCY
• Operation USA — (800) 678-7255
• Oxfam America — (800) 77OXFAM
• Relief International — (800) 573-3332
• World Concern — (800) 755-5022 ext. 0

Contact or Submit

If you’ve created a map, have a useful data resource to share, of simply want  to share some information, please contact us with details.


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