KISAR March Meeting and Training

For the training following the March KISAR general membership meeting, Philip presented a talk on resources for planning backcountry travel across the island or throughout the archipelago for SAR missions or personal travel. The focus will be on satellite mapping resources for route planning, recent high-resolution satellite imagery for snowpack or vegetation evaluation, land ownership and access maps, shorezone and coastal imagery for paddle sports, weather forecasting services, and understanding tides and currents in the archipelago.

These are links to the topics that were covered during the training:

Mapping Resources:

•       Google Earth:

•       GaiaGPS:

•       Bing Google Earth layer:

•       USGS Topo Google Earth layer:

Satellite Imagery Resources:

•       Google Maps:

•       Bing Maps:

•       Apple Maps:

•       Sentinel Hub Playground:

Weather and Tide Prediction Resources:

•       Windy:

•       FAA Weather Cams:,57.55372,-151.8342,57.93155/airport/ADQ/details/camera

•       WX2InReach:

•       AOOS Alaska Shorezone Viewer:

•       Tide App for Tides and Predicting Currents:

Land Access Resources:

•       Kodiak Island Borough GIS Viewer:

•       State DNR land access/easements:

Google Earth route planning:

Sentinel Hub near-time satellite imagery:

AOOS portal for Alaska Shorezone imagery and video:


About kisar1986

Kodiak Island Search & Rescue (KISAR) is a non-profit organization whose objectives are exclusively charitable, scientific or educational. Specifically, our purposes are: To furnish highly trained volunteers and dog teams for search and rescue for the benefit and welfare of the community To organize and support the continuing education and training of volunteers, dog teams and support personnel in accepted search and rescue methods. To increase public awareness of search and rescue trained volunteers and dog teams and provide informational and educational programs and demonstrations to institutions, agencies and community organizations.
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