Citizens Mobilize GIS for the Space Shuttle Columbia First Response

In 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia went down in disaster over eastern Texas. Realizing that satellite image mapping and local assistance would be required, the Humanities Urban Environmental Sciences GIS lab at Stephen F. Austin University immediately began to mobilize units. Utilizing ERDAS IMAGINE® software, this large scale event encompassed a process of data mining, data processing, spatial analysis and map composition, which aided in search and recovery efforts.