In all we conducted 5 flights over the Carolinas to map flood extent and inundation change along Neuse, Cape Fear, Lumber, and CatawbaRivers in North Carolina and Pee Dee, Waccamaw, Congaree, and Santee Rivers in South Carolina.
While we were on deployment, we received a request from USFS to image Croatan National Forest near Wilmington, NC to determine flood extent as well as downed trees from reported tornado sightings. We were able to add a flight line in our last two flights to map the forest. Polarimetric images of the forest showed extensive flooding, as suspected, and we are working to assist USFS to interpret the images.
Sunday, 23 September’s flight marked UAVSAR’s 1000th flight aboard the AFRC C-20A aircraft since December 2007, a milestone accomplished by the close collaboration of the aircraft team at AFRC and the instrument team at JPL.