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USGS Gulf Coast Science Coordination - Hurricane Impact Assessment Activities

Hurricane IKE Activities (Landfall: 09/13/2008 - Galveston, Texas)

Hurricane Ike image, taken by Nasa
10 Sept. 2008 --- This image of Hurricane Ike was downlinked by the crew of the International Space Station, flying 220 statute miles above Earth. The center of the hurricane was near 23.8 degrees north latitude and 85.3 degrees west longitude, moving 300 degrees at 7 nautical miles per hour. The sustained winds were 80 nautical miles per hour with gusts to 100 nautical miles per hour and forecast to intensify.
Photo Credit: NASA Enlargement

Oblique Aerial Photography

bulletPost-Ike: Chandeleur Islands - Photos taken September 20, 2008, (Photo album, 6 photos) Contact: Michael D. Miner (UNO/PIES)

bulletPost-Ike: Overflight central coast - Photos taken September 20, 2008, (Photo album, 53 photos) Contact: Michael D. Miner (UNO/PIES)

bulletUSGS Coastal Change Hazards: Hurricane and Extreme Storms - Hurricane Ike - Response Activities, Contact: Abby Sallenger (USGS)

bulletImpact of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike on Chandeleur Island - Photos by Luiz Martinez (UNO/PIES) taken August 28, 2008 and September 15, 2008. More photo sets: 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6

Aerial Photography

Hurricane Ike baseline index. Imagery provided by NOAA

Satellite Imagery

These areas may contain persistent higher water levels in some places that precluded their definitive identification as either flooded marsh or as marsh removed by storm surge.  Estimation of permanent losses cannot be made until several growing seasons have passed and the transitory impacts of the hurricanes are accounted for.

bulletBefore and After Hurricane Ike Images–Delacroix, Louisiana (Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper Satellite Imagery) 09/07/08-10/01/08. (Download PDF: 10.4 MB) Contact: John Barras (USGS)

bulletBefore and After Hurricane Ike Images–Fresh Water Bayou, Louisiana (Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper Satellite Imagery) 05/15/08-09/22/08. (Download PDF: 6.9 MB) Contact: John Barras (USGS)

bulletBefore and After Hurricane Ike Images–Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, Louisiana (Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper Satellite Imagery and SPOT 5 Satellite Imagery) 07/27/08-09/24/08. (Download PDF: 27.1 MB) Contact: John Barras (USGS)

Comparison to Surge Impacts of Similar Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

bulletJohnsons Bayou, Louisiana - Comparison of Marsh Shears Before and After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 09/21/05 (after Hurricane Katrina) and 10/23/05 (after Hurricane Rita). Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper Satellite Imagery. Contact: John Barras (USGS)

bulletFreshwater Bayou, Louisiana - Comparison of Marsh Shears Before and After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 09/06/05 (Landsat 7, after Hurricane Katrina) and 10/16/05 (Landsat 5, after Hurricane Rita). Landsat Thematic Mapper Satellite Imagery. Contact: John Barras (USGS)


USGS Newsroom

Science that Weathers the Storm...USGS Scientists in the Field Preparing for Hurricane Ike - Released: 9/05/2008 2:37:42 PM. Contacts: A.B. Wade, Eastern States (FL, AL, GA, MS), Heidi Koontz, Central States (LA, TX), Jennifer LaVista (Headquarters)


Contact Information

John A. Barras, USGS, National Wetlands Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Luiz Martinez, University of New Orleans, Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, New Orleans, Louisiana

Michael D. Miner, University of New Orleans, Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences, New Orleans, Louisiana

Asbury Sallenger, USGS, Florida Integrated Science Center, St. Petersburg, Florida


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