NOAA’s Damage Assessment Imagery Now Available Online
By National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), October 11 - 14, 2018
From October 11-14, 2018, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) collected 9,580 aerial damage assessment images covering approximately 4,153 square miles in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Imagery was 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. View tips on how to use the imagery viewer.
A team of NOAA aviators and sensor operators captured 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 of 5,500 feet.
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.
View NOAA Emergency Response Imagery collected on the following days:
- October 11: Mobile Bay to St. George Island, Florida, and over Panama City, Florida.
- October 12: Major transportation routes along the path of hurricane force winds; several localities in Northern Florida and Southern Georgia.
- October 13: Outer coast from St. George Island east to Cedar Key, Florida; Bonifay, Chipley, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway from West Bay to Point Washington, Florida.
- October 14: Between SR-20 and I-10; areas North of I-10 and West of Lake Seminole; coastal areas West of Panama City; and inland areas near Apalachicola, Florida.
Select the round icon with directional arrows using your mouse (or your finger) and slide back and forth to view a “before and after” comparison. “Before” imagery is provided by Mapbox, Digital Globe, and OpenStreetMap; “After” imagery was captured by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. View tips on how to use the imagery viewer