Satellite flood maps for better emergency response

Satellite flood maps for better emergency response

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Austria: European Space Agency (ESA) collaborated with Capgemini, GeoVille Information Systems, Vienna University of Technology and Luxembourg”s Gabriel Lippmann research centre to develop a simple, easy-to-use system that could provide historical and near-real time flood maps to emergency responders. The service was recently introduced to around 70 people from emergency organisations in Austria, Styria and Slovenia who gathered in Bad Radkesburg, Austria, for a disaster management exercise.

Near-realtime satellite radar measurements are processed to create location-specific flood maps and deliver them via the Internet. Satellite readings are processed using cloud computing and made available within hours to workstations as well as common devices such as PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The service provides historical flood maps for crisis planning, near-realtime flood maps for use by emergency response units, and damage assessment maps after a flood. Historical data from ESA”s Envisat radar were used to provide maps during the disaster management exercise. The Fully Automated Aqua Processing Service, or FAAPS, was developed and demonstrated through ESA”s Integrated Application Promotion.

Source: terradaily.com