DigitalGlobe, provider of high-resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, has announced it has before and after satellite imagery of the Florida Gulf Coast (including Punta Gorda) area that was devastated by Hurricane Charley. The 2-foot resolution imagery was collected on August 14, 2004 by the QuickBird satellite. A category four storm, Hurricane Charley has claimed 17 lives to date and left thousands homeless. Estimated damages are nearing $11 Billion USD. It is the most destructive storm to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew passed through in 1992.
DigitalGlobe’s imagery of the area is the highest resolution coverage collected by any source immediately following the destruction of Hurricane Charley. The imagery is invaluable for federal and civil government agencies responsible for coastal and inland damage assessment, change detection (permanent landscape/coastal alterations), watershed and floodplain mapping (update Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps), long-term environmental and reconstruction monitoring, and identifying and calculating property loss. The imagery is available immediately as 1:50,000 georeferenced products, or 1:12,000 orthorectified mapsheets matching the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Digital Ortho Quarter Quadrangles (DOQQ).