Satellite data to improve flood forecasting
As the residents of Queensland, Australia, turn to the mammoth task of cleaning up after the devastating floods over the last weeks, data from ESA's Earth observation satellites are showing potential for delivering more timely warnings.
Through a project funded by ESA's Data User Element, observations from the Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar (ASAR) on Envisat are now used to increase the reliability of information that is fed into models for monitoring and forecasting floods.
The Share project is being carried out by the Vienna University of Technology in collaboration with the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organisation (CSIRO).
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Jan. 26, 2011
Flood waters in Queensland