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RGB-averaged orthoimagery of coastal North Carolina, from 2020-05-08 to 2020-05-09


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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,


RGB-averaged orthoimages were created from aerial imagery collected May 08 and 09, 2020, along the North Carolina coast between the Virginia-North Carolina border vicinity and Cape Lookout, North Carolina. These RGB-averaged orthoimages were created to document recovery ground conditions after Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on the North Carolina coast on September 6, 2019. The RGB-averaged orthoimages help researchers 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 other software to identify topographic and shallow-water bathymetric [...]


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U.S. Geological (USGS) researchers use the RGB-averaged orthoimages 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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