For the preparation of the official festivities for the German Unity Day in Hannover on October 2nd and 3rd, 2014, the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) provided reference information to the planning committee.
The service of the International Charter continues to be in great demand. It has been requested 16 times during the last five months to support relief efforts, aiming at mitigating the effects of natural disasters.
An essential aspect of rapid mapping is the timely provision of derived satellite-based crisis information. Up to now, radar satellite data of flood situations has commonly been analyzed by an image interpreter using manual or semi-automatic classification procedures. Over the last years, DLR/ZKI has further developed the algorithms behind these procedures towards a higher level of automation.
Shortly after the public availability of the first Sentinel-1 sample data (https://senthub.esa.int/), DLR/ZKI scientists have tested their existing rapid mapping tools using a Sentinel-1 flood scene acquired in Namibia, Zambezi river, on 13 April 2014.