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Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping Activated for Floods in France

EMS Information Bulletin
24/01/2018

Prolonged heavy rains caused the rivers of Seine, Rhine and Ill to overflow and in the morning of 23 January, Méteo France issued an orange alert for floods. Currently, 15 départements in Northern and Eastern France are still under orange alert and the citizens are advised to be cautious and limit their travel.

 

The EMS was activated on 23 January in the evening for the production of delineation maps (showing the flood extent) and monitoring maps (showing the flood extent changes over time over one particular area) for thirteen Areas of Interest (AoIs).

 

Post-event SAR (Synthetic-aperture radar) satellite imagery had already been acquired from Sentinel-1 and Radarsat-2 satellites due to a timely alert from EFAS (the European Flood Awareness System) that allowed the EMS Rapid Mapping team to organise pre-tasking of the satellites before the activation. The first delineation maps have therefore been delivered very quickly after the activation (production took place overnight). The maps over other AoIs will be produced once the complementary satellite imagery is acquired.

 

All the maps and digital geoinformation data delivered are available for viewing and download on the EMS website: Activation EMSR265.

 

 

15 départements in France on the orange alert (Source: Meteo France)

 

 

The 13 AoIs identified for the emergency map production

 

Delineation map for the area of Bonnard showing 295.7 ha of flooded areas (Copernicus EMS © 2018 EU, [EMSR265] Bonnard: Delineation Map)

 

 

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