New York—The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today released a flood map revision for areas in Dutchess County which received flood insurance rate maps (FIRMs) in 2012. Communities impacted by this map change include the Town of Fishkill and the Town of Wappinger.
This revision shows the 1% annual chance flood hazard as decreasing, and incorporation of this new information into the maps will allow for an improvement in the precision of the flood hazard information shown on the 2012 effective maps.Language English
DENVER – The deadline to register with FEMA has been extended to December 2, 2013 because of the long Thanksgiving weekend.
There are now two weeks remaining to register with FEMA. December 2 is also the new deadline to complete and return U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan applications.Language English
Disaster Recovery Center relocates in Boulder County
DENVER – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lyons, Boulder County, will close at 6 p.m., MST, today, Nov. 18, and relocate to the Foothills Baptist Church, opening at 9 a.m., MST, on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Foothills Baptist Church
12650 North Foothills Hwy.
Lyons, CO 80540
The DRC will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.Language English
FEMA Monitoring Severe Weather in the Midwest; Urges Residents to Follow Direction of Local Officials
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its regional offices in Chicago and Kansas City, is monitoring severe weather, including strong tornadoes, that continues to impact the Midwest and staying in close coordination with officials in affected and potentially affected states. Earlier today, FEMA elevated its National Watch Center in Washington, D.C. to a 24/7 enhanced watch, and has deployed liaisons to support state emergency operation centers in a number of impacted states.Language English
DENVER – FEMA has an important message regarding filing a federal flood insurance claim.
An additional 21 days is added to the normal 60-day deadline to file your proof of loss flood claim with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
This extension applies to flood damage related to Colorado flooding occurring between Sept. 10, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2013.
If you sustained from the September flooding, you should file your NFIP claim now.Language English
DENVER – The deadline for eligible applicants to apply for a Request for Public Assistance has been extended to Nov. 30, 2013.
Eligible applicants are local governments, certain nonprofit organizations and state agencies in the 18 Colorado counties designated for Public Assistance.
Originally, the first 10 counties designated in September had a deadline of Nov. 16. The counties are Adams, Boulder, Clear Creek, El Paso, Jefferson, Larimer, Logan, Morgan, Washington and Weld.Language English
SANTA FE – Saturday, November 16 is the deadline for state agencies, tribal governments, certain nonprofit organizations, community ditch associations and other local government entities to submit their Requests for Public Assistance (RPA) to the State of New Mexico.
This deadline applies to the counties hit hard by the July 23 through 28 storms and flooding: Bernalillo, Colfax, Luna, Sandoval, and Socorro counties as well as the Cochiti, Kewa (Santa Domingo), San Felipe, and Sandia Pueblos.Language English
DENVER – The Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Lyons, Boulder County, will close at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18.
Lyons Elementary School Gym
338 High St.
Lyons, CO 80540
Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., MST, Friday, Nov. 15.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., MST, Saturday, Nov. 16.
Closed on Sunday, Nov. 17.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., MST, Monday, Nov. 18.Language English
A new study based on Earth-observing satellite data comprehensively describes changes in the world's forests from the beginning of this century. Published in Science today, this unparalleled survey of global forests tracked forest loss and gain at the spatial granularity of an area covered by a baseball diamond (30-meter resolution).
Led by Matthew C. Hansen of the University of Maryland and assisted by USGS co-author Thomas R. Loveland, a team of scientists analyzed data from the Landsat 7 satellite to map changes in forests from 2000 to 2012 around the world at local to global scales. The uniform data from more than 650,000 scenes taken by Landsat 7 ensured a consistent global perspective across time, national boundaries, and regional ecosystems.
"Tracking changes in the world's forests is critical because forests have direct impacts on local and national economies, on climate and local weather, and on wildlife and clean water," said Anne Castle, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Water and Science. "This fresh view of recent changes in the world’s forests is thorough, objective, visually compelling, and vitally important."
Overall, the study found that from 2000 to 2012 global forests experienced a loss of 888,000 square miles (2.3 million square kilometers), roughly the land area of the U.S. states east of the Mississippi River. During the study period, global forests also gained an area of 309,000 square miles (800,000 square kilometers), approximately the combined land area of Texas and Louisiana.
The global survey found that Russia experienced the most forest loss overall (in absolute numbers) over the study period. Brazil was the nation with the second highest level of forest loss, but other countries, including Malaysia, Cambodia, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Argentina and Paraguay, experienced a greater proportional loss of forest cover. Indonesia exhibited the largest increase in forest loss; its losses on an annual basis during 2011-12 were twice what they were during 2000-03.
Brazil is a global exception in terms of forest change during this timeframe, with a dramatic policy-driven reduction in the rate of deforestation in the Amazon Basin. Brazil's use of free Landsat data in documenting trends in deforestation was crucial to its policy formulation and implementation. To date, only Brazil produces and shares spatially explicit information on annual forest extent and change.
In the United States, the most intensive forest change was noted in the southeastern states where pine plantations allow for cyclic tree harvesting for timber, followed by immediate planting of tree replacements. In this area, over 30 percent of the forest cover was either lost or regrown during the study period.
Deforestation as well as deliberate forest regrowth are human factors that accounted for most of the forest change. Natural forces — for instance, wildfire, windstorms, insect infestations, and regrowth of abandoned agricultural areas — also caused forest changes, which were also methodically mapped.
"Ever since the USGS made Landsat data free to anyone in 2008, Landsat imagery has served as a reliable common record, a shared vocabulary of trusted data about Earth conditions," Castle continued. "It's been said that the free data policy is like giving every person on the globe a free library card to the world's best library on Earth observations."
"With the free data policy, we have seen a remarkable revolution in the use of Landsat for documenting the changes in the Earth's land cover," said Tom Loveland, chief scientist at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center and a co-author of the study. "This multi-organization project was only feasible with the existence of free Landsat data. The invaluable Landsat archive supplies high-quality, long-term, consistent global data at a scale appropriate for tracking forest gains and losses."
The research team included scientists from the University of Maryland, the U.S. Geological Survey, Google, the State University of New York, Woods Hole Research Center, and South Dakota State University. The collaborative study is published in the Nov. 15 issue of the journal Science.
Key to the project was collaboration with the Google Earth Engine team, who leveraged sophisticated cloud computing technology to enable University of Maryland researchers to compute the vast amount of data in a matter of days. Additional project funding was provided to the University of Maryland by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Since 1972, the Landsat program has played a critical role in supplying continuous, objective data that can be used to monitor, understand, and manage the resources needed to sustain human life, such as food, water, and forests. The Landsat 8 satellite launched in February 2013 is designed to extend the four-decade Landsat record of Earth observation. The Landsat program is jointly managed by NASA and USGS.
- "High-resolution global maps of 21st-century forest cover change," Science, 15 Nov 2013.
- Forest cover maps in Google Earth Engine
- Global Forest Change animation videos
- USGS Landsat
- NASA Landsat
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