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USGS, AmericaView Connection Proves Valuable with Hurricane Florence
18 October 2018
In the days of Hurricane Florence, when the winds blew, the rains fell, the ocean surged, and the rivers overflowed, the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners moved quickly to make a difference in people's lives.
One important way they did that was through their remote sensing ties to a global consortium called the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters." Comprised of 17 participating space agencies and 34 contributing satellites from around the world, the Charter makes remotely sensed information and products available at no cost during emergencies to monitor events on the ground and to support response efforts.
The USGS with its Landsat satellites is a valuable member of that Charter. As such, with Florence bearing down on the Carolinas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) asked if the USGS would activate the Charter on its behalf.
Image credit: USGS - As a member of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters," the USGS as the authorized user selects a Project Manager to access and coordinate the flow of available satellite data during major storms.