Destruction Caused by Hurricane Hugo: A Timber Resources Damage Assessment in a Coastal Region

by Jill Andrews, Earth Observation Satellite Co, Lanham, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '91


Damage assessments of large areas impacted by intense natural storms can be difficult. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the area and amount of damage to pine forests within the path of Hurricane Hugo in the Charleston, South Carolina area using Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) data. Two dates of Landsat data were analyzed using PC-based image processing software. It was concluded that Landsat Thematic Mapper data is a reliable tool in hurricane damage assessment.

Subject Headings: Hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones | Wood and wood products | Mapping | Data analysis | Computer vision and image processing | Storms | Forests | Coastal processes | South Carolina | United States

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