USGS remote sensing coordination for the 2010 Haiti earthquake

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
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In response to the devastating 12 January 2010, earthquake in Haiti, the US Geological Survey (USGS) provided essential coordinating services for remote sensing activities. Communication was rapidly established between the widely distributed response teams and data providers to define imaging requirements and sensor tasking opportunities. Data acquired from a variety of sources were received and archived by the USGS, and these products were subsequently distributed using the Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) and other mechanisms. Within six weeks after the earthquake, over 600,000 files representing 54 terabytes of data were provided to the response community. The USGS directly supported a wide variety of groups in their use of these data to characterize post-earthquake conditions and to make comparisons with pre-event imagery. The rapid and continuing response achieved was enabled by existing imaging and ground systems, and skilled personnel adept in all aspects of satellite data acquisition, processing, distribution and analysis. The information derived from image interpretation assisted senior planners and on-site teams to direct assistance where it was most needed.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title USGS remote sensing coordination for the 2010 Haiti earthquake
Series title Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
DOI 10.14358/PERS.77.9.899
Volume 77
Issue 9
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Ingenta
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 10 p.
First page 899
Last page 908