Flooding in the NE of France

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Type of Event Flood
Location of Event Meuse and Moselle Rivers, France
Date of Charter Activation 31/12/2001
Charter Requestor French Civil Protection Agency
Project Management ESA

Description of the Event

On December 31, 2001, the Charter was activated in order to evaluate the extent of the flooding of the Moselle and Meuse rivers, located in the northeast of France. The satellite images showed the location of the frozen areas into the retention basin of the Meuse river (S-SE of Sedan), which could have triggered another flood event if the air temperature had increased. Maps produced from these images were a valuable tool for on-field works during the crisis period.

The satellites of the Charter constellation were able to provide a daily coverage for seven days. This permitted to follow the actual evolution of the flood on maps delivered a few hours after acquisition everyday.

Images and/or Image product Delivered under the Charter

Detail of Sedan, 02-03/01/2002

Source: Spot

Acquired: 02/01/2002, 03/01/2002

Copyright CNES 2002, distributed by Spotimage Image processing, map created 03/01/2002 by SERTIT Higher resolution version

 

Flooding Sedan

Source: Spot

Acquired: 02/01/2002, 03/01/2002

Copyright CNES 2002, distributed by Spotimage Image processing, map created 03/01/2002 by SERTIT Higher resolution version

 

Meuse 31/12/2001

Source: Spot

Acquired: 01/01/2002, 02/01/2002, 03/01/2002

Copyright CNES 2002, distributed by Spotimage Image processing, map created 03/01/2002 by SERTIT Higher resolution version

 

Meuse Flooding Extension, 05/01/2002

Source: Radarsat

Acquired: 01/01/2002, 05/01/2002, 03/01/2002

Copyright CSA, distributed by CSA. Image processing, map created 07/01/2002 by SERTIT Higher resolution version