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October, 3rd, 2014
17h - 18h | GMT

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Automated Satellite Flood and Wetland Mapping and Measurements

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MundoGEO and GeoSUR Program invite you to join this webinar about automated satellite flood and wetland mapping and measurements for GeoSUR.

NASA has invested in technology that translates incoming, twice-daily global coverage satellite data into automated mapping of inland surface water. The Flood Observatory at the University of Colorado and the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center were partners in this work. The data output of the operating "MODIS NRT Flood" system includes GIS vector and raster water/land information, which has now been transformed for the GeoSUR project to a WMS service for its "Regional Map Viewer". At the same time, special processing of satellite microwave data at a European Commission laboratory is feeding "River Watch", also hosted at the University of Colorado. Here, these data are transformed into at-a-site river discharge measurements and published online, each day. All of the GIS and river discharge/runoff data are public and available for a variety of applications. Post-processing can also add value. We will demonstrate what is available now for use; how to access such, and what benefits and limitations apply.

These data and data services can serve relief agencies and emergency managers during and after major flood events, and operational water organizations for data sharing and further development of technical capabilities. Our focus is on addressing the evident need and the clear benefits of harnessing satellite observational capabilities to measure surface water change.

The speaker will be Prof. Robert Brakenridge is a Senior Research Scientist at INSTAAR, University of Colorado, and directs the Dartmouth Flood Observatory.