Satellites keep an eye on Dutch dikes
23 October 2012
In the Netherlands, local authorities are looking to satellite observations as a promising option for dike monitoring and to protect against dike failures.
Cut off from the Wadden Sea by a causeway, the shallow IJsselmeer lake is lined by dikes that protect the surrounding land from rising water levels.
In a recently completed Terrafirma study, the IJsselmeer dikes were checked using Envisat radar data for the period 2003-10.
Results show that a large stretch of the dike near the town of Medemblik is subsiding up to 5 mm per year.