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Before and After ASTER images, Tropical Storm Jeanne, Haiti

The following pairs of images illustrate a major drainage upstream of the heavily damaged city of Gonaives, Haiti that was responsible for catastrophic flooding in this coastal town. On the left is shown pre-hurricane conditions (8-August-2001) and on the right those following Tropical Storm Jeanne (image is for 26-September-2004).

The flooding originated in the highlands, and scoured a new channel as wide as 500 m (.3 mile) over a length of approximately 15 km (9 miles), upstream of the city. The comparison images downstream clearly show the path of the water and sediment into the city. See also http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/NewImages/images.php3

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ASTER image data provided courtesy Jesse Allen and based on expedited data provided through NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. We thank also Holli Riebeek, NASA's Earth Observatory




Location map showing post-storm erosion (red) and selected roads and water.




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This work is made possible by data obtained by NASA, JAXA, ESA, and other space agencies, and by funding support from the Earth Surface and Interior Focus Area and the Applied Sciences Program, Science Mission Directorate, NASA, and from the European Commission, through the GDACS project, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy.


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