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Flooding in Central Europe - August 2002

Moldava Flooding

ERS-2's SAR instrument documented the spread of floodwaters from the Moldava river, a confluent of the Elbe river, after heavy rains during August flooded the cities along its banks.

SAR Satellite image of Prague floods

The flooded area of the Moldava or Vltava river to the north of Prague's city centre is clearly evident in these two images acquired by ERS-2's SAR instrument: at the left an image acquired on 16 August 2002 (orbit 38281), at right, an image acquired on 2 January 2002 (orbit 35046).

For more information and satellite imagery of the flooded areas, visit the Earthwatching pages on flooding in Europe.

Keywords: ESA European Space Agency - Agence spatiale europeenne, observation de la terre, earth observation, satellite remote sensing, teledetection, geophysique, altimetrie, radar, chimique atmospherique, geophysics, altimetry, radar, atmospheric chemistry