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Appeal to search missing Malaysian flight with Landsat 8 data

Planned flight path for the Flight 370 (in pink)Malaysia: The Beijing-bound Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8 over the South China Sea between Malaysia and Vietnam after it lost contact with the ground controllers. There are still no clues about the whereabouts of the missing plane. GeoSage, a developer in image fusion and spectral transformation analysis, is suggesting that Landsat-8 satellite imagery might come to rescue in this case.

However, there are no readily available maps for the vast and empty ocean. Though satellite imagery (Landsat-8) acquired for the same day can be rapidly explored. It would be a good opportunity to explore whether the timely Landsat-8 satellite imagery has captured something for the surrounding ocean region where the plane was reportedly missing.

Luckily, there are three scenes captured on the same day for the surrounding ocean region. Unfortunately, no imagery is available for the main suspect area. Nevertheless, given the surprisingly lack of any information and useful maps, the Landsat-8 scenes that are now processed (at 15m-resolution) might still be useful for the swift search and possibly rescue exercises. At least, with the satellite imagery the search can be more targeted and one can exclude large areas without any traces at this stage.

Red rectangle area indicates Landsat-8 satellite flew over on the morning of 8 March 2014 for the region

Source: GeoSage