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CMHRP Lidar Coordinator/NGP Geospatial Information Response Team member provided GIS tool demonstration to Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI) Mayors

Xan Fredericks, Lidar Coordinator for the Coastal/Marine Hazards and Resources Program and member of the National Geospatial Program's Geospatial Information Response Team, provided a live demonstration of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI) Imagery and Information Viewer created by the Geospatial Information Response Team in partnership with MRCTI.

As part of a partnership with the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a portal to provide MRCTI Mayors a ‘one-stop-shop’ for visualizing current and potential flood impacts. The tool was created by the National Geospatial Program's Geospatial Information Response Team (GIRT) using available imagery and data related to the spring/summer 2019 Midwest floods, some of which are regularly updated and will continue to provide relevant information. Mayors can see satellite images before and after flooding, obtain the latest in weather forecasts and warnings, see comprehensive water levels from stream gages, and examine flood inundation models to see where impacts may occur. A press conference was held on August 1st at the Regional Chamber of Commerce in St Louis, MO, to introduce the tool and provide a live demonstration on August 1st in St Louis, MO.

The tool is available to the public:


MRCTI Viewer partners listed on tab 8 of viewer:

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