35 Compiling High-Definition Aerial Drone Footage of Floods and Displaying the Footage Geographically in NOAA's GeoPlatform utilizing ArcGIS' Map Viewer

Monday, 23 January 2017
4E (Washington State Convention Center )
Matthew Duplantis, NWSFO, Shreveport, LA

This project originated from the heavy rain and flash flooding across north Louisiana during the March 8-12, 2016 timeframe.  Several areas received historic rainfall causing numerous roads and interstates to close, homes and businesses to flood, and schools to close.  Publically owned aerial drones captured much of the flooding that resulted.  Most of this footage was in high-definition video format and visually captured the extent of the flooding.  The Emergency Management Community either sent the video footage directly to the office, or was captured video off of the internet.  The video footage was then geo-located by uploading it into ArcGIS’ Map Viewer on NOAA’s GeoPlatform.  ArcGIS’ Map Viewer allowed an end-user to see, geographically, where the flooding occurred simultaneously with the extent of the flood.  Having this connection of video footage of the flood with where it happened is invaluable to the forecast and research meteorologist, for it captures the impacts of the flood on communities.
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