ForWarn II

Satellite-Based Change Recognition and Tracking


Hurricane Michael storms Florida's panhandle

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:11 -- stevenorman
Hurricane Michael damage to coastal forests

The destructive impacts of Category 4 Hurricane Michael on the forests of northwest Florida were captured by ForWarn II's routinely produced Early Detect product one week after the event. The stark pattern of greatest damage in red and orange consists of a 50 km-wide swath that stretches from near the track of the hurricane's eye to the Apalachicola River which likely had reduced greenness from both wind damage and flooding.

Hurricane Florence soaks the South

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 17:04 -- stevenorman
Hurricane Florence moves toward landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane impacts to forests can vary greatly depending on the qualities of the storm. Hurricane Florence stood out for its slow speed and heavy rainfall to the Carolinas, while Hurricane Michael, that crossed Florida's panhandle just a few weeks later in 2018, was a powerful wind-event that passed relatively quickly. ForWarn II's near-real-time capabilities reveal the initial storm effects, then in concert with higher resolution imagery and ancillary data assessments can discriminate among water and wind impacts more precisely.


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