I just got this from one of my co-workers ... posting it for her as it's more time critical than normal :
My friend Ralph is leading a search and rescue effort for a ship that's been missing on the Tasman Sea. They were last heard from June 4. We're trying to get images from May 28 to the present (emphasis on the earlier part of that window) to see if we can get any clue of what's happened to them. There are 7 people on board - one of the people on the Schooner SV Niña is Evi Nemeth, author of many famous Unix/Linux sysadmin manuals. : (
Google granted us a free license to Google Earth Pro, but it still doesn't have images that are recent enough. I wrote Google to see if they could give us more recent images, but I haven't heard back. I'm kind of lost when it comes to Earth-pointed data, but then I realized I have a friend who is involved in Informatics for the American Geophysical Union. : )
Any idea how to get high-res data? The ship is 70 feet long, so the 1.5-m resolution stuff in google earth would be fine. Until we get images, they're focusing on ocean current models + drift models for other abandoned ships to help the aerial searchers more clearly refine the expected location for the ship.
The ship was fairly well equipped for a 3-week cruise, so it's possible for them to survive with their supplies + fishing for several months.
Any advice is appreciated. We're posting info on the efforts at:
Anyhow, if you have any idea how to get high-resolution data over the Tasman Sea, I'd be very happy to hear it.