[GOES Visible satellite image of Hurricane Dorian first landfall in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. From NOAA]
[NOAA] Last week, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) began collecting U.S. aerial damage assessment images for Hurricane Dorian. Imagery is being collected in specific areas identified by NOAA in coordination with FEMA and other state and federal partners. Collected images are available to view online via the NGS aerial imagery viewer.
#HurricaneDorian has affected Bahamas heavily on Monday, with vast areas hit with #flooding, including the Grand Bahama International Airport, Freeport. ICEYE #SAR satellite image from 11:44AM local time. Please, stay safe! (Y: coastline. W: roads. Source: OpenStreetMap.) pic.twitter.com/ruXau8QhKn
— ICEYE (@iceyefi) September 2, 2019
NOAA’s aerial imagery aids safe navigation and captures damage to coastal areas caused by a storm. Aerial imagery is a crucial tool to determine the extent of the damage inflicted by flooding, and to compare baseline coastal areas to assess the damage to major ports and waterways, coastlines, critical infrastructure, and coastal communities. This imagery provides a cost-effective way to better understand the damage sustained to both property and the environment.
#HurricaneDorian storm surge receding in #Bahamas. Wednesday ICEYE #SAR image from western Grand Bahama Island shows land again, while lower elevation eastern part of island still remains partly flooded. See dramatic comparison to Monday image where majority of island underwater. pic.twitter.com/Zx31ZI0AeZ
— ICEYE (@iceyefi) September 4, 2019
The team of NOAA aviators and sensor operators are capturing the images using specialized remote-sensing cameras aboard NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations’ King Air aircraft flying above the area at an altitude between 500 and 1500 meters (about 1,600 to 5,000 feet).
View NOAA Emergency Response Imagery collected on the following days:
September 4, 2019: North Key Largo, Florida, to Hollywood, Florida.
September 5, 2019: Fort Lauderdale, Florida to just south of Savannah, Georgia.
September 7, 2019: Bald Head Island, North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia
[Outer Banks of North Carolina. Top image is before Hurricane Dorian, provided by Mapbox, Digital Globe, and OpenStreetMap. Bottom image is after Dorian landfall, from NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey]
Edited for WeatherNation by Meteorologist Mace Michaels