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February 6, 2019
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images of Brumandinho Dam Area, Brazil
ISS Georeferenced Digital Camera Images of Brumandinho Dam Area, Brazil This collection of visible-wavelength (red, green, blue or RGB) digital camera images were taken by astronauts onboard the International Space Station on February 2, 2019, then manually georeferenced by members of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA Johnson Space Center. The images provide regional context, and may be useful for visualization of the event. Higher spatial resolution images may be suitable for spatial analysis to support decision making or subsequent research applications.

 

February 1, 2019
Garrett Layne gives an overview and demonstration of the NASA Disasters Mapping Portal.
On Wednesday January 30th, members of the NASA Disasters Program hosted a one hour Special Interest Group (SIG) session at the Esri Federal GIS Conference in Washington, DC. There were around 40 attendees present, including representatives from USDA, the World Bank, U.S. Census Bureau, USACE, Leidos, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Blue Raster, Esri, among others.

 

January 29, 2019
Esri Federal Conference Logo
The NASA Disasters Program was highlighted at Esri’s Federal Geographic Information System (GIS) conference plenary session on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Washington, D.C. The presentation was viewed by several thousand conference attendees and introduced the audience to the breadth of work in NASA’s earth science program. Jack Dangermond, the founder and owner of Esri, described how different agencies were utilizing their GIS products to respond to disasters through story maps. Dangermond featured a slide which included NASA’s response efforts to the Kilauea Eruption, Hurricane Florence, and California Wildfire story maps. Later in the presentation, the Disasters Portal was also shown as part of a “success story” of content feeding into FEMA’s GeoPlatform, created as a result of the Geospatial Data Act. The NASA Disasters Program will also be hosting a Special Interest Group meeting at the conference on Wednesday, January 30. This will serve as an opportunity to highlight the program’s important work during 2018, as well as provide an overview of the program, the NASA Disasters Portal and an opportunity to engage and learn from stakeholders.

 

December 7, 2018
Photo of Hurricane Florence from the ISS
When disasters occur, our researchers become providers and distributors of images, data, and damage assessments. The Disasters team and network of partners and volunteers assist with hazard assessment, evaluation of severity, and identification of impacts near vulnerable infrastructure, crops, and lifelines especially in remote areas where observations are sparse to provide guidance for action.

 

December 6, 2018
UAVSAR image overlaid a Googe Earth Map. Credit: Andrea Donnellan, NASA JPL, Google Earth, UAVSAR
UAVSAR image overlaid a Googe Earth Map. The red borders are fire extent from the Woolsey Fire in California.  NASA deployed a research aircraft on Nov. 15 for a nighttime flight over the California Woolsey Fire. The NASA C-20 aircraft carried sensors to map the fire scar, with a goal of identifying areas at risk of catastrophic mudslides in the coming winter rains.

 

December 1, 2018
The circles in Fig. 2 indicate the data uncertainty range; signals beyond the circles are meaningful. 
The circles in Fig. 2 indicate the data uncertainty range; signals beyond the circles are meaningful.  On November 30, 2018 a magnitude 7 earthquake occurred near Anchorage, Alaska cracking buildings, damaging roads and buckling bridges. Over 4,500 structures were destroyed in the event. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) / NOAA tsunami detection prototype generated many real-time results during the Alaska event. Results from the warning system were generated and forwarded to Tsunami Warning Centers. The Alaska event demonstrated that JPL’s tsunami detection system performs well for detecting potential tsunamis.

 

November 15, 2018
The Measurement of Pollution in the Troposphere (MOPITT) instrument is flying on board NASA's Terra satellite. It observes Carbon Monoxide (CO) in the troposphere through thermal and near infrared channels. This product was created by the MOPITT Near-Real Time system on Saturday November 10, 2018 and submitted to NASA Worldview. The images clearly show enhanced levels of carbon monoxide associated with the Camp and Woolsey wildfires in northern and southern California. The high levels of carbon monoxide west of Mexico may be an aged part of the Woolsey / Camp fire plumes, based on the location of high carbon monoxide the day before and on the smoke trajectories shown by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) visible images.  For more information please visit: https://www2.acom.ucar.edu/mopitt To access this data please visit:  https://eosweb.larc.nasa.gov/project/mopitt/mopitt_table and https://earthdata.nasa.gov/earth-observation-data/near-real-time/downloa....

 

November 14, 2018
November 12th, 2018 VIIRS Near Real-Time Fires and Thermal Anomalies product from NASA LANCE.
The images below show the California wildfires located by NASA Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) Near Real-Time Fires and Thermal Anomalies product (in red points) from the Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). The map of California was provided through VIIRS true color imagery via NASA Worldview from November 9 - 12, 2018. The images show the extent of the Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire burning in California. The red outlines with smoke indicate areas of active fire. November 9th, 2018 VIIRS Near Real-Time Fires and Thermal Anomalies product from NASA LANCE. November 10th, 2018 VIIRS Near Real-Time Fires and Thermal Anomalies product from NASA LANCE.

 

November 13, 2018
NASA's ARIA team created this Damage Proxy Map showing the impact of the Camp Fire in Northern California. The white rectangle shows a closer view of the town of Paradise.  NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA
NASA's ARIA team created this Damage Proxy Map showing the impact of the Camp Fire in Northern California. The white rectangle shows a closer view of the town of Paradise. This image was created by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team, using data provided by the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites. NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA Monday, November 12, NASA shared enhanced satellite map images featured above of the Camp Fire in Northern California and The Woolsey Fire in Southern California. These images are called Damage Proxy Maps. The yellow and red spots show changes to the grounds surface, with red indicating more severe fire damage. "Although the maps may be less reliable over vegetated terrain, like farmland, they can help officials and first responders identify heavily damaged areas and allocate resources as needed," NASA says. The Camp Fire north of Sacramento wiped out the town of Paradise and is responsible for at least 48 deaths, making it the deadliest in the state's history. The Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles has claimed at least two lives and burned through the community of Malibu, claiming the famous Paramount Ranch movie set in the process. 

 

November 13, 2018
This image from NASA Worldview shows smoke from the California Camp Fire as seen by the AQUA satellite's MODIS instrument. Credits: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS).
The six-day-old Camp Fire has already attained the unfortunate title of California's deadliest fire. The Camp Fire has already led to 42 deaths with a number of residents still unaccounted for. It is also the most destructive in California history as well with over 7,000 structures destroyed by the blaze. The fire began on Nov. 08, 2018 and has grown to a staggering 125,000 acres in just under a week. The cause of this blaze is still under investigation. California state regulators are investigating two utility companies that reported incidents close in time and location to the start of the Camp fire.  Over 52,000 people have been evacuated due to the Camp Fire in over 1,300 shelters.  To date the blaze is only 30% contained. Extremely dry fuels from on-going drought conditions in California remain coupled with rugged terrain and these two issues are presenting firefighters with challenging conditions.  Dry conditions with high winds contribute to massive and fast fire growth. Presently the high winds have abated and fire growth has slowed. Responders from across the country have joined the effort from Wyoming, Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska. Last night firefighters continued to hold established containment lines. Firefighters actively fought the fire and worked aggressively providing structure protection.  Crews will continue to provide structure protection throughout daytime operations. Firefighters will work to put direct and indirect fire lines in while scouting and putting in contingency lines ahead of the fire. Many risks and hazards along with steep terrain in some areas will impede firefighting efforts.  The forecast calls for continued low relative humidity and the dry fuel combined with steep rugged terrain will continue to impede efforts.

 

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