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EUSI Delivers Time-critical SAR Imagery to German Aerospace Center for Rapid Mapping of Southern Germany Floods

By Eric Van Rees - 10th June 2024 - 07:34

During the devastating floods in Southern Germany, where multiple people have been declared dead and several missing, European Space Imaging (EUSI) worked closely with the DLR-ZKI (Centre for Satellite Based Crisis Information) to rapidly collect and deliver both VHR optical and Umbra Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite imagery over the affected areas.

Analysts from the Indicator Monitoring for Early Acquisition of Innovative Satellite Sensors in Natural Disasters (IFAS) project received the high resolution SAR imagery from the Umbra Constellation and were able to create maps detailing flooded areas. The results are made available to authorities and relief organizations such as the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) and the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW).

“Rapid access to satellite data during and immediately after flooding events is crucial to our work at IFAS as well as all emergency response organizations,” said Anne Schneibel, Researcher, Civil Crisis Information and Geo Risks at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). “Having the ability to task both optical and SAR satellite data from EUSI with rush delivery proved instrumental in this case of flooding in southern Germany following heavy rainfall while the skies remained covered by cloudy conditions.”

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