Rapid Mapping

Sentinel-1A satellite aids flood relief in the Balkans

For the first time Sentinel-1A satellite was operationally used to support emergency management operations in the Balkans, where prolonged heavy rainfalls and widespread flooding since the 15th of May 2014 triggered the declaration of the State of Emergency.

Within the Balkan floods in the end of May Civil Protection authorities involved in in-field operations brought aid using disaster maps issued by the European Commission's Copernicus Emergency Management Service soon after the first floods.

ITHACA (Italy), together with GAF (Germany) and SIRS (France) is part of the international team leaded by e-GEOS (Italy) and acting as Service Provider of the Emergency Management Service.

More details available here (Source: e-GEOS)

Photo: ESA