Floods May 2014: Imagery of satellite systems of the flooded areas for the territory of Serbia

Republic Geodetic Authority has obtained data of satellite systems through the project “Establishment of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure and the Center for Remote Sensing of the Republic of Serbia – based on IGIS system”. The provided data can be used for acquisition of information about the extent of floods area in the Republic of Serbia as well for the purpose of planning activities aimed at repairing the damage.

Company “Airbus Defence & Space” has delivered radar and satellite imagery for emergency cases areas affected by flood based on the request of RGA, as follows:

  • Processed and georeferenced archival imagery of TerraSAR-X radar system, resolution 8.25m, the area of Western Serbia, acquired on 24th January 2011;

  • Processed and georeferenced imagery of TerraSAR-X radar system, resolution 8.25m, the area of Western Serbia, acquired on 18th May 201;

  • Information on the scope and extent of the area covered by water along the Sava river obtained from the analysis of the TerraSAR-X imagery from 18th May 2014, as well data on the status of rivers and permanent water areas that were detected from TerraSAR-X imagery from 24 January 2011 (analysis performed by the company “German Aerospace Centre”);

  • Processed and georeferenced imagery of SPOT6 optical satellite system, resolution pan 1.5m and ms 6m, the area of Western Serbia, acquired on 19th May 2014 (possible delivery of RGB ortho imagery with resolution 1.5 m);

  • Processed and georeferenced imagery of SPOT6 optical satellite system resolution pan 1.5m and ms 6m, the area of Western Serbia, acquired on 21st May 2014 (possible delivery of RGB ortho imagery with resolution 1.5 m);

  • Processed and georeferenced archival images of SPOT6 optical satellite system resolution pan 1.5m and ms 6m, for the area of Western Serbia, acquired on 13th August 2013, 8th September 2013 and 30th October 2013 (possible delivery of RGB ortho imagery resolution 1.5 m);

  • Processed and georeferenced imagery of Pleiades optical satellite system resolution pan 0.5m and ms 2m, for the area of Krupanj, acquired on 21st May 2014 (possible delivery RGB ortho image with resolution 0.5 m) ;

  • Raw imagery of SPOT6 optical satellite system resolution pan 1.5m and ms 6m, recorded on 21st May 2014, which are used under the service “Emergency Management Service” of the EU Copernicus program for the following areas: Loznica , Krupanj , Ljubovija , Osecina , Lazarevac , Sremska Mitrovica , Obrenovac and Kostolac.

Currently, Republic Geodetic Authority, by using Overland and eCognition software, performs an analysis of SPOT6 satellite system imagery (acquired on 19th and 21th May 2014), which will be base for getting information on areas under the water and soils that are saturated by water. The acquired data (except for data used within the Copernicus program), as well the results of the analysis can be viewed via the Geoportal: www.geosrbija.rs under the category Floods 2014.

The imagery can be used to analyze the impact of floods, crisis management, as well as for the planning of a system for protection of possible future natural disasters. By combining with other geoinformation, satellite imagery is the basis for making timely decisions to reduce the consequences of disasters and faster recovery.

Republic Geodetic Authority will continue to publish on the Geoportal information provided within the IGIS project and from other sources, as well as the results of analysis.

Ministries, authorities and agencies as well other public authorities responsible for dealing with consequences of flooding can use provided satellite imagery within their domain of work.

More information on the data provided within the IGIS project can be obtained via phone: 011-715-2689 (RGA – Department of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing), email: tik@rgz.gov.rs.

Catchment area of the river Sava, 24.01.2011. – TerraSAR-X

Catchment area of the river Sava, 5/18/2014. – TerraSAR-X

Obrenovac, 13/08/2013. – SPOT6

Obrenovac, 13/08/2013. – SPOT6 with overlaid polygon of flooded areas

Obrenovac, 05/19/2014. – SPOT6

Catchment area of the river Sava, 5/19/2014. – SPOT6

The area of urban settlement Krupanj, 05/21/2014. – Pleiades

Settlements Brezovice and Zavlaka, 05/21/2014. – Pleiades