Presentation about Copernicus for flood prediction and monitoring
DLR and the University of Bonn contributed to the UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference “Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Networks and Information Technologies in times of crisis”, which took place on 16 to 18 November 2021. The virtual conference brought together more than 130 experts and participants from African, Asian, and European institutions. Applications developed by the space community to contribute to disaster management efforts were discussed, as well as advances by African and European institutions on the use of satellite technologies in their activities.
As part of a session on floods and storm surges on 16 November, a presentation with the title “Strengthening the use of Copernicus data and services for flood prediction and monitoring in African countries” was given by DLR and the University of Bonn. Afterwards, participants from African institutions expressed their interest in further cooperation in order to be able to expand their use of satellite-based information for flood management in future. Individual follow-up activities are being planned with these institutions.
In addition to the action’s appearance, other presentations made by the European Joint Research Centre highlighted the Copernicus Global Flood Awareness System (GLOFAS) and the Global Drought Observatory (GDO). Altogether, it was shown that Copernicus offers plenty of data and information for disaster and risk management in Africa.