USGS's Landsat 8 captures debris imagery from Hurricane Florence

September 26, 2018

USGS's Landsat 8 captures debris imagery from Hurricane Florence

Landsat 8 colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) imagery acquired 9/19/18.

Landsat 8 colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) imagery acquired 9/19/18.

USGS's Landsat 8 satellite has captured colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM) imagery after Hurricane Florence’s destruction. NASA scientists use this imagery to help inform state and local agencies on water quality post-Hurricane Florence. The image reveals how soils, sediments, decaying leaves, pollution, and other debris have discolored the waters in the swollen rivers, bays, estuaries, and the nearshore ocean. These debris are an important measure of water quality and has important implications for drinking water, aquatic ecosystems and metal transport. CDOM was seen in high concentrations, even in the ocean around North Carolina’s Cape Lookout. 

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