MELBOURNE, Fla., Sept. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As residents continue to sort through their storm-battered communities ? complicated by flooding, rain, heavy debris or simple logistics ? Galileo Group, an advanced technology company specializing in applied airborne hyperspectral imaging and remote sensing services, announced its readiness to help those in the Sunshine State, along the Gulf coast, the Caribbean and elsewhere.
Galileo recognizes crews in Florida and all other affected areas are dealing with infrastructural issues related to thousands of damaged buildings, various hazardous materials like chemicals inadvertently released into uncontrolled areas, and an extended range of logistic complications.
As an airborne sensing tool, hyperspectral imaging is able to provide remote support to disaster management, covering large areas from the air and delivering crucial actionable information. Specifics in the detection of chemicals or other contaminants on water surfaces from the air can help officials detect seeps and leakages, or assess general damage recovery trends through multiple collections for progress reporting and comparison as cleanup operations continue.
Additionally, Galileo can conduct mapping of debris fields and the extent of certain debris fields (land and water related), depending on material obstructions. Vegetative surveys can include long-term monitoring as well as recovery context, which could be very useful data for those communities or planners trying to accurately determine the extent of damage in wetland and coastal areas. That capability can even extend to assessing damage to submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) which are a critical part of the ecosystem.
Those communities could also make use of data related to measurement changes to vegetation as a function of track and damage intensity, which Galileo has done in the past as a sub-contractor to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Of particular interest is the impact to the large agricultural belt in south and central Florida to assist in determining potential economic losses.
With experience in providing deep-reconnaissance search missions in the past for storms like hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Galileo also can conduct coastal mapping and even help in accurately assessing shelf movements along tourist-friendly beach communities throughout the region.
One herculean area problematic to communities is the presence of heavy-object debris in waterways, an area which Galileo's analysts can quickly provide crucial information to help resolve the issues in the absence or delay of specialized equipment for such duties.
No matter the problems residents and community leaders face from Texas to Florida and overseas, as a company whose personnel are also going through the same problems as everyone else, Galileo empathizes with the millions affected thus far.
"As a Florida native running a Florida-based company, we have operated all over the globe with our airborne remote sensing technology," said Michael Barnes, CEO and Founder. "Given the opportunity to help our neighbors here in the state, or our affected friends in Texas, or the Caribbean, we are ready to provide advanced collection and analytical service to help planners learn from the event. It is about understanding and better preparing for the future while helping make a difference in the present."
Keep in mind: the hurricane season is not over and we do not want to play the role of fear-mongering, but as a company our credibility lies in preparedness. Galileo looks to be ready for what's past and what may happen.
About Galileo Group
Galileo Group, Inc. is an advanced-technology company specializing in applied-hyperspectral imaging. The technology was initially developed for US government applications, such as detecting various ground combat targets through aerial reconnaissance. Galileo is focused on expanding its products and services using its proven hyperspectral-imaging technology. The company has transitioned its imaging technology from government to commercial applications over the course of 20 years of continuous business operations.
This turnkey-detection capability includes the digital extraction and analysis of spectral signatures, or "natural" bar codes, for applications in environmental, mineral, oil and/or gas exploration, and emerging biotechnology markets. Galileo also performs airborne-LIDAR and multispectral data-fusion services on a global-deployment basis.
In addition to its commercial work, the company regularly donates select hyperspectral data sets to scientific research and educational institutions committed to environmental and climate-change studies.
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