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A multi-scale flood monitoring system based on fully automatic MODIS and TerraSAR-X processing chains

Martinis, Sandro and Twele, André and Strobl, Christian and Kersten, Jens and Stein, Enrico (2013) A multi-scale flood monitoring system based on fully automatic MODIS and TerraSAR-X processing chains. Remote Sensing (5), pp. 5598-5619. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). DOI: 10.3390/rs5115598 ISSN 2072-4292


Official URL: http://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/5/11/5598


A two-component fully automated flood monitoring system is described and evaluated. This is a result of combining two individual flood services that are currently under development at DLR’s (German Aerospace Center) Center for Satellite based Crisis Information (ZKI) to rapidly support disaster management activities. A first-phase monitoring component of the system systematically detects potential flood events on a continental scale using daily-acquired medium spatial resolution optical data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). A threshold set controls the activation of the second-phase crisis component of the system, which derives flood information at higher spatial detail using a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) based satellite mission (TerraSAR-X). The proposed activation procedure finds use in the identification of flood situations in different spatial resolutions and in the time-critical and on demand programming of SAR satellite acquisitions at an early stage of an evolving flood situation. The automated processing chains of the MODIS (MFS) and the TerraSAR-X Flood Service (TFS) include data pre-processing, the computation and adaptation of global auxiliary data, thematic classification, and the subsequent dissemination of flood maps using an interactive web-client. The system is operationally demonstrated and evaluated via the monitoring two recent flood events in Russia 2013 and Albania/Montenegro 2013.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/85870/
Document Type:Article
Title:A multi-scale flood monitoring system based on fully automatic MODIS and TerraSAR-X processing chains
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Martinis, Sandrosandro.martinis (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Twele, Andréandre.twele (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Strobl, ChristianChristian.Strobl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Kersten, Jensjens.kersten (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Stein, Enricoenrico.stein (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:29 October 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/rs5115598
Page Range:pp. 5598-5619
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:TerraSAR-X; MODIS; flood; disaster; automatic thresholding; fuzzy logic; Web GIS; multi-scale monitoring; cloud shadow modeling
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Zivile Kriseninformation und Georisiken (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Martinis, Sandro
Deposited On:12 Dec 2013 09:05
Last Modified:14 Dec 2019 04:25

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