Timing is everything when it comes to a crisis, whether it’s local or global; and fast, reliable, high-resolution imagery is an important part of the puzzle as is offered in the FirstLook Crisis Event service. Since looking at the post-event imagery only goes so far, FirstLook adds pre-event imagery to help with the before and after analysis.
What’s makes an event worthy of collecting imagery? Great question. Events can range in type from natural disasters to human-made events, and from political unrest to human interests.
How do I access the imagery? Another great question. You access the imagery several ways, including: My DigitalGlobe (a password protected web viewer), Web Map Service (WMS), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS), EarthService or via an OGC-compliant software plug-in.
The photos below demonstrate the before and after damage of an explosion that occurred on February 18, 2015 at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, California. The facility, a structure several stories tall, was completely shattered.
The ExxonMobil refinery, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, covers 750 acres, employs over a thousand people and processes an average of 155,000 barrels of crude oil per day to produce 1.8 billion gallons of gasoline per year.
FirstLook Product Specifications
- Data Sources: WorldView-2, GeoEye-1 and WorldView-1
- Resolution: 50-cm
- Imagery Band Combinations Offered: panchromatic, natural color and NIR (for fire events)
- Access: OGC streaming services (i.e. WMS, WMST, WCS and WFS), Google Earth streaming services (i.e. EarthService), ArcGIS plugin (i.e. ImageConnect), online portal (i.e. MyDigitalGlobe.com)
- Geographic Subscriptions Offered: global, regional or per event
- Event Collection Durations: 15 days or 30 days
- Subscription Term: annual
To find out which subscription option is best for you and to schedule a demo of the service, please feel free to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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