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.
Satellite Imagery, GIS data sources, & Image Archives - if you require data or imagery these are some fine resources and portals available for your use.
- ESRI Hurricane Katrina Viewer – The viewer shows a variety of data and imagery for the affected areas and the southeastern U.S.
- ESRI Data & Resources – loads of pointers to maps, GIS data, and more that is useful in GIS work for the affected areas
- USGS Imagery – Before and after satellite imagery of Biloxi, MS and New Orleans, LA
- USGS – Hurricane Katrina Photographs August 30, 2005
- Google Earth KMLs - The Google Earth team is working on adding imagery of the impact of Hurricane Katrina. We will be posting links to this imagery for viewing as “image overlays” in Google Earth
- NOAA - more than 350 images (aerial photos) collected along the Gulf Coast – post-Katrina
- Space Imaging – Some imagery of Mobile, Alabama captured August 30, 2005
- GlobeXplorer – before and after imagery from Boloxi, MS and New Orleans LA
- Louisiana Atlas – Loads of GIS data products including some 1500 new DOQQs (added July 2005)
- Digital Globe Hurricane Katrina Gallery – numerous images / before and after
- AirPhoto USA - commercial imagery for those who require detailed photography
- GlobalSecurity.org – a fine gallery of imagery
- MODIS rapid response system – handpicked images
- LSU Earthscan Gallery – the laboratory at LSU
- RSI Imagery
- Of interest… USGS Report – Environmental Assessment of Lake Pontchartrain
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.
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
- USGS Issues Alert of Landslide Dangers from Hurricane Rita
- Leica Geosystems Supports Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts
- KATRINA AMONG STRONGEST HURRICANES EVER TO STRIKE U.S
- Thales Navigation Provides Assistance in Aftermath of Katrina
- MAPPS Creates Katrina Relief Fund for Member Firms’ Victims
- Katrina Rolls Barrier Island Landward – Shown by Airborne Laser Mapping Images
- ESRI Web Mapping App Provides InDepth Geographic Information for Areas Affected by Hurricane Katrina
- Dynamix Provides Up-To-Date Mapping Information for Katrina Cleanup Efforts
- NOAA AERIAL MAPPING ASSISTING U.S. COAST GUARD, FEMA
- Bentley Provides Assistance to Design and Construction Firms Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
- MAPPS Presents Contracting Strategy to National Academy on Role of Geospatial in Disaster Planning
- Hurricane Katrina information update from Space Imaging
- Forest One and Galileo Group Forge Partnership to Help with Hurricane Katrina Recovery Efforts
- MapInfo Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Assistance Program
- Hurricane Katrina Online Maps
- Census Bureau Estimates Nearly 10 Million Residents Along Gulf Coast Hit by Hurricane Katrina
- Aerial Photos showing Before, After Coastal Impacts From Hurricane Katrina Available on USGS Website
- USGS Providing Humanitarian and Scientific Aid in Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
- AAG Establishes Geography Support Clearinghouse and Special Funds
- Aerial Photos Depicting Before and After Coastal Impacts From Hurricane Katrina Available on USGS
- ORBIMAGE New Satellite Images of Katrina Aftermath Over the Gulfcoast with Mississippi focus
- NASA’s Science Resources Help Agencies Respond to Katrina
- more ideas to help with GIS relief
- Katrina GISCORPS volunteer work update
- orbitgis.com provides free software for Katrina relief
- NOAA Conducts Aerial Survey, Posts some 350 Images of Storm Ravaged Gulf Coast
- GlobeXplorer has begun to receive imagery from Katrena affected areas
- Doing Business with FEMA – Hurricane Katrina
- URISA GISCORPS Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster
- Hurricane Hunters use u-blox GPS Technology to Monitor and Predict Katrina
- ESRI Provides GIS Support for Hurricane Katrina Response
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 – http://www.flickr.com/photos/gisuser/
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:
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: flhurricane.com)
This image was created using Google Earth’s 3D perspective tilt. The hack was linked from www.googleearthhacks.com. It shows imagery and flooding around the dome on imagery from NOLA.
Map of the Louisiana petroleum resources (submitted by site user)
Map of New Orleans area bathymetry
- New Orleans Flooding near Super Dome
- Louisiana USGS Stream Gage Report
- New Orleans Elevation map
- Bathymetry across Southern Louisiana
- New Orleans Levee break location
- Katrina – realtime in ArcGIS
- New Orleans animated hurricane SLOSH model / map
- Katrinaa (Latrina) using Google Earth
- See More at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gisuser/
Call For Volunteers
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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• Christian Reformed World Relief Committee — (800) 55-CRWRC• 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 Orthodox Christian Charities — (877) 803 4622• International Relief and Development, Inc. — (703) 248-0161• 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
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