July Flooding in the Orinoquia Nature Region in Colombia Captured by Photographers on the International Space Station

September 3, 2020

July Flooding in the Orinoquia Nature Region in Colombia Captured by Photographers on the International Space Station

On July 27, 2020, the International Space Station passed over the Orinoquia Nature Region in Colombia, allowing astronauts to capture photographs showing the impacts of recent flooding rainfall in the region. These photographs were then georeferenced by the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit at NASA Johnson Space Flight Center and sent to the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) of Colombia by coordinators from the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program to aid in identifying the extent and impact of the flooding.

Photograph from the International Space Station taken on July 27, 2020, showing high water levels in the river that passes through the town of Puerto Lopez, Colombia. Credit: Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space

Photograph from the International Space Station taken on July 27, 2020, showing high water levels in the river that passes through the town of Puerto Lopez, Colombia. Credit: Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center



When asked for feedback on the imagery, representatives from UNGRD stated: “This information was essential  to support the analysis of flood zones in a sector of the Orinoquia in Colombia … and contributed in supporting Colombian authorities during this emergency response quickly - and remotely. These images allowed us to carry out a multi-temporal analysis of the area and to identify critical sites with respect to a possible flood. “