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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 list of image URLs for each image set (now in this activity)
  3. Sort through each image entry 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)

See the below resources to begin turning these into activities.

Potential partners

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

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

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For the steps outlined above.

Compile image sources

(largely complete for now, asked as a question)

Gather satellite or aerial images -- before and after may be needed. Also see compiled imagery sources in this question: https://publiclab.org/notes/warren/09-12-2017/what-are-some-sources-of-new-aerial-imagery-of-harvey-damages

Examine images for flooding/damages

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

Use this guide on visual oil identification and this example image of flaring

  • 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
  • Compare location to list of industrial sites

Industrial sites in TX

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

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

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Title Author Updated Likes Comments
We need help with garden testing after Harvey @Georgina almost 4 years ago 2
Can NASA VIIRS data used for disaster maps? @marlokeno almost 4 years ago 5
Can someone make a map to display NOAA Harvey imagery with coordinates and permalink? @warren almost 4 years ago 24
Where are people compiling lists of potential pollution sites following Hurricane Harvey? @warren about 4 years ago 3
What are some sources of new aerial imagery of Harvey damages? @warren about 4 years ago 6
How do I identify an oil sheen or spill or slick in aerial photography? @warren about 4 years ago 1
How do I join a volunteer Disaster Response Team for flooding? @warren about 4 years ago 1
How do I share lots (gigabytes, or thousands) of photos online, cheaply and easily? @warren about 4 years ago 1
What is the best way to formalize connecting needs with offers? @bsugar about 4 years ago 4
Do Harvey response organizations need TDS or air monitoring equipment? @sarasage about 4 years ago 0
What could teenagers do to support Harvey response efforts? @warren about 4 years ago 3
How can the public find or make maps of the polluters next door? @marlokeno about 4 years ago 3
Is there a need for safely collecting aerial imagery post-Harvey? @warren about 4 years ago 0
What are soil sampling protocols being used by groups along the gulf coast? @stevie about 4 years ago 5
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Uploading screenshots

These are extra steps for the NOAA Harvey image compiling activity

1. Take a screenshot

Take a screenshot of any site from the above lists, or any industrial site you can see where flooding may have caused issues. Example:

screenshot 2

2. Upload the screenshot

Upload the screenshot to this folder on this public Google Drive:


You can copy a link to that image by right clicking on it or by selecting it and choosing Get shareable link:

screenshot 4

You can also upload images as a comment on this page.

Remember to save the link to the photo to add to the spreadsheet. If it's a comment, you can click on the time, i.e. 1 minute ago next to the comment header to get a direct link to that comment, as in this screenshot:

screenshot 3

Back to the image compiling activity

If you got here from the NOAA Harvey image compiling activity, you can return there and resume at Step 2.

If you got here from the NOAA Harvey image compiling activity, you can return there and resume at Step 2.

More resources

video explaining, maybe, what could be done (bad audio?) https://youtu.be/O2bV1a1gNfA

GRN master sheet of links https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12ZMti2lH4sST6Apzp_DeCQld4z4ioTmm7LdFiF8fK4A/edit#gid=1