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RGB-averaged orthoimagery of coastal North Carolina, from 2019-08-30 to 2019-09-02, Pre-Hurricane Dorian


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Ritchie, A.C., Over, J.R., Kranenburg, C.J., Brown, J.A., Buscombe, D.D., Sherwood, C.R., Warrick, J.A., and Wernette, P.A, 2022, Aerial photogrammetry data and products of the North Carolina coast: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Orthoimages were created from aerial imagery collected between August 30 and September 2, 2019, along the North Carolina coast between the Virginia-North Carolina border vicinity and Cape Lookout, North Carolina. These RBG-averaged orthoimages were created to document ground conditions prior to Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on the North Carolina coast on September 6, 2019. The RBG-averaged orthoimages help researchers estimate the land surface before Hurricane Dorian and were created to document inter-annual changes in shoreline position and coastal morphology in response to storm events using aerial imagery collections and a structure from motion (SFM) workflow. These data can be used with geographic information systems or [...]


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U.S. Geological (USGS) researchers use the RGB-averaged imagery to assess future coastal vulnerability, nesting habitats for wildlife, and provide data for hurricane impact models. The products span the coast over both highly developed towns and natural areas, including federal lands. This research is part of the USGS Remote Sensing Coastal Change Project.

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