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Prototype Mobile Web Application (not viewable on Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox)

Emergency Response Imagery

NOAA National Geodetic Survey

New Mobile Application Provides Critical Imagery for Emergency Responders

Oct. 4, 2011
Before and after images of Hatteras Island, North Carolina

The aerial image on the left shows Hatteras Island in North Carolina taken before Hurricane Irene (Credit: Google Earth). On the right, the post storm image shows the largest breach of Highway 12, which runs along the Outer Banks.

Screen shot of mobile website on smartphone

Image of the new mobile application developed by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey.

NOAA's National Geodetic Survey recently released a prototype mobile web application that makes it possible for emergency responders to access emergency response imagery while in the field.

The prototype uses imagery acquired by NOAA aircraft following Hurricane Irene. NOAA collected more than 1,500 images the first day of the storm to assist with assessing storm damage. The prototype also includes imagery collected following the May 22 tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

The application can be viewed on iOS, Android, and Blackberry smartphones and tablets. The web application may be viewed using Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and other WebKit-based browsers. It is not viewable on Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox.