ISERV Data Used to Monitor Recovery from Moore, Oklahoma Tornado

SPoRT’s support of disaster response activities does NOT ONLY include the collection, analysis, and dissemination of unique remote sensing data and products for regional or local disasters, but ALSO to help monitor the recovery in these areas.  This blog post presents a snapshot of SPoRT’s ongoing efforts to monitor regional recovery from the Moore, Oklahoma tornado on May 20, 2013 using unique NASA remote sensing capabilities from the ISERV instrument (see note on ISERV below) and the introduction of SPoRT’s new Web Mapping Service (WMS) for data and product dissemination to the community. One June 27th, ISERV camera on the International Space Station (ISS) was able to capture imagery of the Moore, OK area just over a month after the devastating EF-5 tornado.


The above image clearly shows the path that the tornado carved through Moore.  The colored lines indicate the tornado intensity regions from the 06/04/2013 updated damage survey from the Norman, WFO.  The EF-0 (green lines), EF-2 (yellow lines), and EF-4 (red lines) damage swaths are shown.  The area around and to the east of Briarwood Elementary school no longer appears to have large amounts of debris surrounding it. Many houses just to the north appear to have blue tarps still on their roof, indicating that many roofs are still needed to be repaired.  This imagery is now publically viewable on the SPoRT Disaster WMS via the web-based viewer at or for access via other tools at   .  SPoRT will continue to collect ISERV and other unique remote sensing imagery frequently during the coming months to observe the changes to the landscape of the area.

Note:  The ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System (ISERV, is a testbed Earth-observing camera system recently installed on the International Space Station (ISS).  ISERV was developed to gain experience in Earth imaging from ISS and to inform decisions regarding future, more capable instruments on ISS. ISERV supports the joint NASA / U.S. Agency for International Development project known as SERVIR ( as well as the broader applied sciences community by making unique measurements of environmental threats and providing data for post-disaster assessment.  Recent imagery monitoring the Calgary flood can be found on the SPoRT WMS location reference above. The ISS offers a unique observing platform with nearly 95 percent of the Earth’s populated area visible from the space station orbit.  SERVIR provides satellite data and tools to environmental decision-makers in developing countries and operates via regional centers in Nairobi, Kenya; Kathmandu, Nepal; and Panama City, Panama.  SERVIR is coordinated by the Earth Science Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

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