UK Space Agency’s METEOR Project Collaborates with NASA to Model the Impacts of the 2020 Africa Floods

July 23, 2020

UK Space Agency’s METEOR Project Collaborates with NASA to Model the Impacts of the 2020 Africa Floods

Researchers from the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program are working with building exposure datasets developed by the “Modelling Exposure Through Earth Observation Routines” (METEOR) project to estimate the number and value of buildings in Africa affected by flooding rainfall in the spring of 2020. 

METEOR is co-funded through the second iteration of the UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP), funded through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which uses space expertise to deliver innovative solutions to real world problems across the globe. The primary objective of METEOR is to develop innovative applications of Earth Observation (EO) technologies to improve understanding of the built environment or exposure, with a specific focus on the countries of Nepal and Tanzania. The METEOR project consortium is composed of eight organizations crossing four continents, with expertise in the fields of natural hazard science, remote sensing, exposure development, risk modeling and disaster risk management.

This Building Exposure Map shows the location and estimated value of buildings in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 2020. Credit: METEOR Project Consortium

This Building Exposure Map shows the location and estimated value of buildings in the Democratic Republic of Congo for 2020. Credit: METEOR Project Consortium

Building exposure maps developed by the METEOR project, in conjunction with flood extent data, can be used to gauge the impact of floods and identify regions of prioritization for mitigation or response. The flood information is provided by model outputs from the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program “Advancing Access to Global Flood Modeling and Alerting” ROSES A.37 research project.