A near real-time algorithm for flood detection in urban and rural areas using high resolution synthetic aperture radar images

D. C. Mason*, I. J. Davenport, J. C. Neal, G. J P Schumann, P. D. Bates

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Abstract

A near real-time flood detection algorithm giving a synoptic overview of the extent of flooding in both urban and rural areas, and capable of working during night-time and day-time even if cloud was present, could be a useful tool for operational flood relief management and flood forecasting. The paper describes an automatic algorithm using high resolution Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite data that assumes that high resolution topographic height data are available for at least the urban areas of the scene, in order that a SAR simulator may be used to estimate areas of radar shadow and layover. The algorithm proved capable of detecting flooding in rural areas using TerraSAR-X with good accuracy, and in urban areas with reasonable accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2011
Event2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011 - Athens, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Sep 201117 Sep 2011

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Space Technology, ICST 2011
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityAthens
Period15/09/1117/09/11

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