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Joplin Missouri High School Tornado Damage
This one-foot resolution, digital aerial image of Joplin, Missouri, was collected May 24, 2011 at approximately 9:30 a.m. The image shows the remains of Joplin High School, located at 21st and Indiana, just two days after a Level 5 tornado touched down on May 22, 2011 and destroyed most of the town. The image was collected by digital imaging aircraft owned by M.J. Harden (, a GeoEye Company, based in Mission, Kansas. MJ Harden owns and operates mapping aircraft with digital mapping cameras and flew an emergency mission for Missouri state officials to provide insight on relief efforts and emergency response, and to assess and measure damage to buildings, facilities, and other structures. Mandatory Photo credit: Aerial imagery courtesy of MJ Harden, a GeoEye Company. Click the image for a high resolution version (9.66Mb)


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On-line Registration Ends Noon EDT
9th October 2011.

Keynote Speakers

Lawrie Jordan
Director of Imagery, Esri

Roberta E. (Bobbi) Lenczowski
President Elect, ASPRS

Emergency Preparedness and Response

NOAA Science Center Silver Spring MDThis annual conference goes back to 1997, and this year is returning to the NOAA Auditorium and Science Center, Silver Spring MD.



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NOAA Science Center Silver Spring MD

NOAA Auditorium and Science Center, Silver Spring MD.


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Fugro EarthData
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One of the few times that the general public becomes fully aware of the power and importance of remote sensing and related geospatial data, tools, and analysis is in emergency situations.  Forest fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, oil spills, and other human-induced disasters are just a few examples of situations in which our data, products, and derived information are critical.  First responders need timely information on the nature, extent, and effects of disasters; residents of affected areas need evacuation and other information; and policymakers need information on the human, property, environmental, and infrastructural impacts.  Typically, remote sensing provides the only means of providing the required information in a timely manner—especially when ground access to disaster sites is limited and/or the spatial extents of the affected areas are large.

Our data, tools, and analysis are equally critical in emergency preparedness.  The ability to generate baseline data sets (e.g., pre-hurricane imagery), plan evacuation routes, and model possible impacts of storms and other events before they occur can save lives, money, and time in the event of an actual emergency.

GeoTech 2011, to be held on October 12-13 in the NOAA Science Center and Auditorium, will explore these and related topics.  Cloud computing is an identified subtheme that will be another important focus of the conference. 

John Manzer
GeoTech 2011 Conference Chair

P.S. CEU credits will be available.

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