Title: Global real-time detection of major floods using passive microwave remote sensing
Authors: DE GROEVE TomRIVA Patrick
Citation: 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, Sustaining the Millennium Development Goals - ISBN 978-0-932913-13-5 vol. I, II p. 587-590
Publisher: International Center for Remote Sensing of Environment (ICRSE)
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC52654
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC52654
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Space-based river monitoring can provide a systematic, timely and impartial way to detect floods of humanitarian concern. This paper presents a new processing method for such data, resulting in daily flood magnitude time series for any arbitrary observation point on Earth, with lag times as short as 4h. This results in a daily update of major floods in the world, with an objective measure for their magnitude, useful for early humanitarian response. The technique is demonstrated on the 2009 floods in Southern Africa.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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