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Open-File Report 2013–1286

Satellite Images of the September 2013 Flood Event in Lyons, Colorado

By Christopher J. Cole, Beverly A. Friesen, Stanley R. Wilds, Suzanne M. Noble, Harumi Warner, and Earl M. Wilson

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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Special Applications Science Center (SASC) produced an image base map showing high-resolution remotely sensed data over Lyons, Colorado—a city that was severely affected by the flood event that occurred throughout much of the Colorado Front Range in September of 2013. The 0.5-meter WorldView-2 data products were created from imagery collected by DigitalGlobe on September 13 and September 24, 2013, during and following the flood event.

The images shown on this map were created to support flood response efforts, specifically for use in determining damage assessment and mitigation decisions. The raw, unprocessed imagery were orthorectified and pan-sharpened to enhance mapping accuracy and spatial resolution, and reproduced onto a cartographic base map. These maps are intended to provide a snapshot representation of post-flood ground conditions, which may be useful to decisionmakers and the general public.

The SASC also provided data processing and analysis support for other Colorado flood-affected areas by creating cartographic products, geo-corrected electro-optical and radar image mosaics, and GIS water cover files for use by the Colorado National Guard, the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the flood response community. All products for this International Charter event were uploaded to the USGS Hazards Data Distribution System (HDDS) website ( for distribution.

First posted December 6, 2013

For additional information, contact:
Director, Special Applications Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
Box 25046, Mail Stop 520
Denver, CO 80225

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Suggested citation:

Cole, C.J., Friesen, B.A., Wilds, S.R., Noble, S.M., Warner, Harumi, and Wilson, E.M., 2013, Satellite images of the September 2013 flood event in Lyons, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2013–1286, 1 sheet,

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)

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