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Using Mapbox GL JS, the Remote Sensing Division by NOAA quickly converts aerial imagery and radar data into public-friendly web maps

Key benefits of building with Mapbox

  • Mapbox maps integrates easily with third-party data sources, including aerial imagery and radar data
  • Scalable, cloud-based architecture ensures uninterrupted service even during usage spikes in storm season
  • Mapbox GL JS enhances user engagement with interactive and detailed base maps

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For NOAA, preparing for emergency hurricane response means being ready to visualize the potential reach of a storm and assess its impact at a moment's notice.

NOAA’s Remote Sensing Division (RSD) collects aerial imagery of coastlines before and after a storm. Using field survey techniques, photogrammetric methods, and fixed wing aircrafts they provide the imagery and information for professionals and the public to assess storm damage, and respond quickly to needs.

Mash Harbour, Grand Abaco Island, Bahamas
Langham Creek flooding, Houston, TX

The site also visualizes live radar data, to help people see the storm before it hits. During peak storm season — as people are planning evacuations or viewing storm damage from a safe distance — scalable cloud-based architecture insures spiking demand doesn’t cause service interruption.

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