This project was selected through an SSGP competition run using Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), supported by Innovate UK.
Flooding is one of the most prevalent natural disasters both in the UK and internationally. There is potential for more effective use of space-based resources for monitoring and mitigation of flood events. The project aimed to address two flood monitoring needs:
The project team developed knowledge and skills relating to Altimetry and Multi-polarisation Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and concluded that:
The project looked at integration of satellite-derived data with other datasets to provide improved information on a flood event; LIDAR data was used to create volume and depth estimates from satellite-derived flood extents and addition of vector-based data, such as flood defences, was used to allow an expert eye to interpret their impact.
The project team gained greater understanding of the capabilities of SAR and Altimetry for this particular application. It was concluded that it is possible to get a greater level of information from the satellite data when integrated with other datasets.
The potential cost for an operational satellite application was estimated to be around £150,000 per large scale flood event.
Impact on the user’s organisation and expected benefits include:
A future phase of the project will include: