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Erin Chute Nov 15, 2022 5:29:14 PM 2 min read

NLT Leverages ICEYE’s satellite derived near real-time flood extent and depth data to support FEMA response and recovery efforts.

ICEYE, a world-leading provider of natural catastrophe solutions and insights, has delivered crucial flood insights over the past several months to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Delivered through ICEYE’s partnership with New Light Technologies (NLT) and Bana Solutions (Bana), ICEYE’s rapid flood extent and depth information have now supported FEMA’s immediate response efforts for four major flood events.

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When large-scale natural catastrophes impact communities, it is critical that emergency response activities are not delayed in remote locations, or due to ongoing storm conditions and cloud cover. ICEYE owns the world's largest synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) satellite constellation and utilizes multiple auxiliary information sources in providing near real-time flood extent and depth data for critical decision-making during storm events. Unlike conventional Earth observation satellites, ICEYE’s small radar imaging satellites can form high-resolution images of areas of the Earth in daylight, at night, and even through cloud cover and rain.

NLT’s team supporting the FEMA Response Geospatial Office (RGO) developed automated data delivery pipelines for integrating

ICEYE’s novel flood data for the July floods in Kentucky, coastal flooding in Alaska, Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, and Hurricane Ian's affected areas.

“ICEYE’s data significantly improves the ability to monitor weather events and their impacts on communities while serving as a key input to NLT’s disaster response models, revolutionizing the speed and accuracy of the analytics we supply to our customers,” said Dr. Ran Goldblatt, Chief Scientist of New Light Technologies.

According to New Light Technologies’ Program Manager Robert Pitts, this data has proven to be invaluable to FEMA for their response during events such as Hurricane Ian and Hurricane Fiona.

Bana Solutions’ CEO, Ricky Berrios, adds, “As a Puerto Rican it makes me proud to know that we are supporting a prioritized approach to FEMA’s response to these natural disasters such that the federal response is optimized.”

 

About ICEYE

ICEYE delivers unmatched persistent monitoring capabilities for any location on earth. Owning the world’s largest synthetic-aperture radar constellation, the company enables objective, data-driven decisions for its customers in sectors such as insurance, natural catastrophe response and recovery, security, maritime monitoring and finance. ICEYE’s data can be collected day or night, and even through cloud cover. For more information, please visit www.iceye.com

About New Light Technologies

New Light Technologies Inc. (NLT) is a leading provider of integrated science, technology, and mission services. Offering renowned expertise in cloud, agile software development, cybersecurity, data science, geospatial and remote sensing, NLT provides comprehensive consulting, research, digital transformation services, and fit-for-purpose analytics solutions for a range of industries from emergency management to economics to health. The firm has pioneered real-time geospatial AI/ML predictive analytics platforms for government and industry and led the development of novel methods for leveraging satellite imagery to support disaster response, climate resiliency, impact evaluation, and sustainable development missions worldwide. To learn more visit www.newlighttechnologies.com and follow us on Twitter at @NewLightTech.

About Bana

Bana Solutions, LLC (Bana), a leading small business provider of secure data analytics, information sharing solutions, and enterprise technology and professional services within the federal Intelligence Community (IC). Learn more about Bana at www.banasolutions.com.

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