Hurricane Irma response

Update 9/14/2017: Flood vector data from MDA is now available on the Open Data Program event page

Update 9/11/2017: Post-event data from Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 is available on the Open Data Program event page. Pre-event imagery is available on the Open Data Program event page as well.

Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 175 miles an hour, has torn through the Caribbean. Now Florida is bracing for a direct hit.

DigitalGlobe has mobilized resources within our company to support immediate relief efforts following the storm.

As part of our Open Data Program, DigitalGlobe will publicly release pre- and post-event imagery of the affected areas to support disaster response. Our FirstLook team is following the path of Irma and proactively covering anticipated areas of impact. As of today, DigitalGlobe’s entire constellation, including WorldView-4, is tasked to collect everything from the eastern Caribbean all the way up to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. As with Hurricane Harvey, we will need to wait for cloud cover to clear before we can collect post-event imagery. Once the weather clears, the post-event imagery collected will be available through our Open Data Program site. Please continue to check this blog post for updates on image collection.

In addition to pre- and post-event imagery, we plan to support Irma response through these efforts:

Supporting partners on the ground

DigitalGlobe is partnered with Team Rubicon, where existing DigitalGlobe imagery is already in use to aid in relief efforts.

Crowdsourcing

Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) tasks have been set up for Irma using DigitalGlobe pre-event imagery. Help map affected communities here: http://tasks.hotosm.org/?sort_by=priority&direction=asc&search=Irma

Once post-event satellite imagery is available, DigitalGlobe’s Tomnod crowdsourcing team will run a campaign to help with damage assessments. That campaign will be live at tomnod.com as soon as before and after imagery of Harvey are acquired.

We will continue to update this blog post and our social media feeds as data becomes available.

Header image: The GOES-16 satellite’s view on Tuesday of Hurricane Irma as a Category 5 storm. CIRA/RAMMB; NOAA