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Remote Sensing Technologies: Preliminary VIEWS™ Reports

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As a part of the MCEER reconnaissance effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, remote sensing technologies and the VIEWS™ system were used to rapidly collect High Resolution Photo and High Definition Video surveys of damage over large geographical areas, first along the Gulf Coast and then in New Orleans.

VIEWS™ (Visualizing Impacts of Earthquake With Satellites) is a notebook-based system developed by ImageCat Inc. through funding from MCEER. The VIEWS™ system integrates satellite imagery with real-time GPS (Global Positioning System) readings and map layers, and operates in conjunction with a digital camera and digital video recorder, to record damage following a disaster.

The images collected between September 7-9, 2005 and their GPS coordinates have been integrated with Google Earth and are available for download as a complete system. The VIEWS/Google Earth combination includes over 18,900 images, from Pascagoula to Waveland, Mississippi.

View the Preliminary VIEWS™ Deployment reports and the VIEWS/Google Earth Images through the following links:

Team Members: Shubharoop Ghosh of ImageCat Inc. and J. Arn Womble, Wind Engineering Research Center (WISE), Texas Tech University

Reconnaissance Dates: September 6-11, 2005

Team Members: Shubharoop Ghosh of ImageCat Inc. and Carol Hill, Louisiana State University (LSU) Hurricane Center

Reconnaissance Dates: October 5-11, 2005

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