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Harvey Images

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This draft page is attempting to create a workflow for people to identify reportable issues captured in aerial photography of Harvey-affected areas, specifically industrial sites.

Photo: SC National Guard (170831-Z-AH923-081) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Basic needs for imagery reporting

  1. collect images (from various sources) -- do a call for images (like this for Harvey)
  2. make a URL entry in a list or spreadsheet (like this for Harvey) for each image from a given set
  3. sort through each entry and search for possible pollution incidents (using guidance on image ID) & take notes on each image in a consistent format (like this for Harvey)
  4. submit this list to GRN and/or other partner (for Harvey, GRN is just watching the spreadsheet) OR report directly to various agencies (need instructions on how to report)

Potential partners

Let's brainstorm some partners to work on this and future disaster responses with. See the main harvey page too.

Steps to report

Here we're organizing the required steps. We can make each into an activity later, and begin doing more outreach.

Compile sites

  • Gather/compile lists of at-risk sites in TX (oil refineries, sewage, nuclear etc.)

Main source: Surging Seas: Risk Finder -EPA tool allows coastline reports by state and specific risk (ex. oil refineries)

Harvey Ecological Hazards Map

Gulf Restoration Network Map of Oil

Sierra Club Map of Toxic Sites Harvey

List of Texas Landfills

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality - Data Tool

Add other sources here (you'll need to be logged in)

[prompt:text:Add site here]

Compile image sources

  • Gather satellite or aerial images--before and after may be needed

Image sources:

NOAA Harvey Images

TX National Resources Information Center -"before" images

The Texas General Land Office -"before" images

USGS Earth Explorer Tool-possibly "both" images

NOAA imagery to scan:

Also see compiled imagery sources in this question:

Examine images for flooding/damages

Check through images for listed locations--in some cases you can see sheen or waste

  • Images may have meta data with GPS aligned with plane location instead of site location

  • Flooded or suspicious locations should be compiled in a spreadsheet for report

  • Do screen capture of the footage to attach to report

  • Check to see who owns imagery, which may impact who needs to receive report

video explaining, maybe, what could be done (bad audio?)

master sheet of links

Facilities lists to scan through

Source information for facilities

map of these data