Crisis management during the Elbe flood in August 2002
During the Flood in August 2002, in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA) and other national and international Partners, DFD acquired all available satellite data (e.g. ERS, IRS-P3-MOS, MODIS, NOAA, IRS 1C/1D, Landsat 7, ENVISAT ASAR) and provided them to the situtation centres for assessment and prevention measures. To achieve this, DFD made use of its own receiving stations and processed the raw data on-site.
ZKI took over the project management of the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' for Germany and Austria
On August 22, 2002, both the German Ministry of Interior and the Austrian Federal Warning Centre triggered the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters'. This way, the satellite imagery provided by DFD, IMF and its partners could be completed by additional data of the European ERS-2, the Canadian RADARSAT, the French SPOT, the Indian IRS and DLR's own BIRD satellite, making them available for situation assessment and crisis management.
In cooperation with ESA, the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) and the Remote Sensing Technology Institute (IMF) of DLR took over the project management of both Charter calls from Germany and Austria and coordinated both data provision and analysis.
The flood catastrophy at the river Elbe between Torgau and Wittenberg: Overlay of subsets from Landsat 7 ETM+ imagery from August 14 and 20, 2002.
Flooded areas are shown in light blue, the normal water level is shown in dark blue. South of the mouth of the river Schwarze Elster, the Elbe river flood had reached a width of 12 kilometers and had affected settlements as well as agricultural areas.
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