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Visualizing storm impact, fast

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.