Global scale simulation of flood plain inundation with low resolution space-borne data

Guy J. -P. Schumann*, Jeffrey C. Neal, Paul D. Bates

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With flood risk increasing worldwide, inexpensive and globally-applicable flood management support is becoming very important. This short paper illustrates how low cost and globally available space-borne radar data might offer such support on large scales. From a test case of the summer 2007 floods in England, validation with aerial photography suggests that uncertainties in water levels from wide swath radar imagery, as well as the structure from a hydrodynamic model based on satellite data, can be estimated adequately enough for operating within an assimilation framework.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationREMOTE SENSING AND HYDROLOGY
EditorsCMU Neale, MH Cosh
Place of PublicationWALLINGFORD
PublisherInternational Association of Hydrological Sciences Publications
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-907161-27-8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventRemote Sensing and Hydrology Symposium - Jackson Hole, Wyoming, United States
Duration: 27 Sep 201030 Sep 2010

Publication series

NameIAHS Publication
ISSN (Print)0144-7815


ConferenceRemote Sensing and Hydrology Symposium
CountryUnited States
CityJackson Hole, Wyoming


  • flooding
  • low resolution
  • water levels
  • SRTM
  • uncertainties
  • wide swath SAR

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