Stretches of land throughout New South Wales, Australia, have been hit with torrential rain resulting in record-breaking floods. The heavy rainfall has brought about dams to spill over, rives to burst their banks and 1000’s of individuals compelled to evacuate their houses. Knowledge from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission are getting used to map flooded areas to assist reduction efforts.
This radar picture makes use of data from two separate photographs captured by the Sentinel-1 mission on 7 and 19 March highlighting flooded areas in darkish blue and concrete areas in gentle gray. Many of those areas affected by the record-breaking floods have been ravaged by wildfires throughout Australia’s bushfire season in 2019. Massive swaths of bushland and grazing nation have been scorched black by the blazes, with patches of burned land seen in gentle brown within the picture.
Photos acquired earlier than and after flooding provide fast data on the extent of inundation and assist assessments of property and environmental harm. Copernicus Sentinel-1’s radar capacity to ‘see’ by way of clouds and rain, and in darkness, makes it notably helpful for monitoring floods.
Knowledge from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission have been utilized by the Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service, activated on 20 March, to map the flooded areas. The service offers data for emergency response to various kinds of disasters, together with meteorological hazards, geophysical hazards, deliberate and unintentional man-made disasters and different humanitarian disasters, in addition to prevention, preparedness, response and restoration actions.