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Some Applications of Remote Sensing of Crop-hail Damage in the Insurance Industry Towery, Neil G., 1980  Illinois State Water Survey, Champaign, IL,  ISWS C-143    Full Text Available

A 4-year research project was conducted on the feasibility of using aerial photography for the adjustment of crop-hail damage. The results indicate that loss assessments could not be made with sufficient accuracy (10%) in individual fields. However, the photography could be used for qualitative assessment of damage. Aerial photographs are now being used by adjusters as an additional tool in the normal adjustment procedures.

Infrared photography taken from 12,000 feet above ground is used to make mosaics of entire damage areas. Photographs from 6000 feet are being used by adjusters settling individual farmer claims.

Other research led to the development of mapping losses in an entire storm or field with a computer. These techniques are also being used by insurance companies as aids in their procedures.



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