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Flood in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flood in Bosnia and Herzegovinabergstroem Mon, 20/05/2019 - 15:13

On Sunday 12 May, heavy rain caused flooding across Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the rivers of Vrbas, Bosna, Sana, Una, and Ušora being affected the most. Flooding and landslides disrupted power and water supplies and damaged local infrastructure.

The ECHO Daily Flash of 16 May reports that one person is missing from the town of Žepce and that at least 15 people have been displaced in Kotor Varoš. Media reports estimate that more than 200 houses have been damaged in Prijedor, affecting thousands of people. Bosnia’s civil protection agency has declared a state of natural disaster and hundreds of civil protection staff were deployed to the worst affected areas. Military personnel have also been called in to reinforce flood defences along the banks of the Sana river.

The Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping module was activated on 14 May to provide First Estimate Products and Delineation Maps over five Areas of Interest (AoI). For four of them, the initial information was delivered through “First Estimate Products” (FEP), an additional Rapid Mapping product available since 1 April which aims to provide a rough estimation of the disaster impacts within 2 hours from image reception and can be used to redefine AoIs.

The delineation map released for the Srbac AoI, Bosnia and Herzegovina was produced using radar satellite imagery of the Copernicus Sentinel-1A acquired on 16 May. The first Delineation Overview Map of the Srbac AoI shows 749.3 ha (7.5 km2) of the area flooded at the time of satellite imagery acquisition.

The map and vector data are available for viewing and download on the EMS Website: EMSR358: Flood in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For updates on our activations, follow Copernicus EMS on Twitter.

Learn more about the Copernicus Programme and its Emergency Management Service.


The delineation map of Srbac, Bosnia and Herzegovina showing 749.3 ha (7.5 km2) of the area flooded at the time of satellite imagery acquisition (Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSR358] Srbac: Delineation Product

Flood in the North of Italy
Flood in the North of Italybergstroem Fri, 17/05/2019 - 17:02

On Saturday 11 May, a severe weather event occurred across the central and north-eastern regions of Italy, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and hailstorms. Several major rivers overflowed, leading to wide-spread flooding, crop damage and landslides.

The ECHO Daily Flash of 15 May reports that floods in the Emilia-Romagna Region have damaged approximately 200 homes, affecting at least 1,200 people. Flood waters also caused a bridge collapse within the Rimini province and power outages across Fregona. Farmers’ associations in Puglia estimate that the extreme weather has caused hundreds of thousands of euros worth of damage to local crops. According to media reports, evacuations were carried out in the province of Modena and military personnel have been deployed to help construct temporary flood defences.

The Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping module was activated on 15 May to provide Delineation Maps over two Areas of Interest (AoI). The initial information for both areas was delivered through “First Estimate Products” (FEP), a new Rapid Mapping product available since 1 April which aims to provide a rough estimation of the disaster impacts within 2 hours from image reception and can be used to redefine AoIs.

The delineation map released for Modena AoI, Italy was produced using radar satellite imagery of the Copernicus Sentinel-1A acquired on 12 and 13 May. The first Delineation Overview Map of the Modena AoI shows 283 ha (2.8 km2) of the area flooded at the time of satellite imagery acquisition.

The map and vector data are available for viewing and download on the EMS Website: EMSR359: Flood in the North of Italy.

For updates on our activations, follow Copernicus EMS on Twitter.

Learn more about the Copernicus Programme and its Emergency Management Service.


The delineation map of Modena, Italy showing 283 ha (2.8 km2) of the area flooded at the time of satellite imagery acquisition (Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSR359] Modena: Delineation Product

Copernicus EMS Monitors Impact of Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique and Comoros
Copernicus EMS Monitors Impact of Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique and Comorosbergstroem Thu, 16/05/2019 - 12:21

Between 25 – 26 April, Tropical Cyclone (TC) Kenneth passed through Comoros, causing widespread destruction, before making landfall in northern Mozambique.

Continued heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms are forecast over northern Mozambique and Comoros, threatening to delay relief efforts. TC Kenneth is believed to be one of the strongest cyclones to ever make landfall on mainland Africa and comes just over a month since TC Idai tore through central Mozambique (see the Copernicus EMS IB for TC Idai here). This is the first time that Mozambique has been hit by two storms of Category 2 strength or higher in the same year.

ECHO Daily Flash 2 May reports 41 fatalities, 39 injured with nearly 35,000 buildings destroyed or damaged and approximately 168,000 people affected across northern Mozambique, an additional seven fatalities and 45,000 affected people are reported within Comoros. According to media reports, the UN has provided $13m for food, water and infrastructure repairs to Mozambique and Comoros.

The Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping module was activated on 26 April to provide Delineation and Grading Maps over several Areas of Interest (AoI) along the coast of the Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, and Grading Maps over the northern part of Comoros island. The initial information for both activations was delivered by the “First Estimate Product” (FEP), an additional Rapid Mapping product available since 1 April which aims to provide a rough estimation of the disaster impacts within 2 hours from image reception and can be used to redefine areas of interest. For Mozambique the FEP was used to provide a first overview on flooding along the coast (expected due to the forecasted storm surge) and inland along the Rio Messalo. A visible impact could be confirmed only inland along the river and the products were accordingly released only for this area (since April 2019 no-impact products are not anymore released). For Comoros a FEP was used to reduce the area of interest as the first Pleiades image from 27 April did not show damage in the western part of the area of interest. As the first acquired image was not entirely cloud free, another image was then requested over a smaller area. The acquisition from 30 April revealed significant damages in the villages at the eastern coast and further inland.

In Mozambique following GloFAS impact forecast areas for flood mapping were added on 30 April along the main rivers south and north of the initial AoI. These are mapped using radar imagery from COSMO-SkyMed, RADARSAT 2 and Sentinel-1. In addition to these rather large areas several much smaller areas over populated places are assessed for damages to buildings and infrastructure using optical imagery (from Pléiades). For most of these areas grading maps were released and these confirm widespread destruction in the cities and villages along the coast and on the islands.

The grading maps released for Comoros were produced from satellite imagery of the CNES Pléiades-1A/B acquired on 30 April. Similar to Mozambique the image revealed widespread damages in the villages but to a lower degree.

The map and vector data are available for viewing and download on the EMS Website: EMSR354: Tropical Cyclone Kenneth, in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique & EMSR355: Tropical Cyclone Kenneth in Comoros.

The delineation map of Narere, Mozambique showing 2684.4 ha (26.84 km2) of the area flooded at the time of satellite imagery acquisition (Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSR354] Narere: Delineation Product)

The delineation map of Macomia, Mozambique showing 1470 ha (14.70 km2) of the area flooded at the time of satellite imagery acquisition (Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSR354] Macomia: Delineation Product)

The grading map of Quirimba, Mozambique showing the massive impact over populated places along the coast and on the islands (Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSR354] Quirimba: Grading Product)

Copernicus EMS Monitors Impact of Cyclone Fani in Eastern India
Copernicus EMS Monitors Impact of Cyclone Fani in Eastern Indiabergstroem Thu, 16/05/2019 - 12:14

On Friday 3 May, Tropical Cyclone (TC) Fani made landfall between the Brahmagiri village and the city of Puri in the state of Odisha on the eastern coast of India.

TC Fani was a Category 4 cyclone and brought maximum sustained winds of 240km/h, making it the most intense tropical cyclone to make landfall in India within the last 20 years. After making landfall, TC Fani moved towards West Bengal and steadily weakened, reaching Bangladesh on the morning of 4 May with winds of approximately 100km/h.

According to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the rarity of the TC made it very challenging to track, with contradicting paths being predicted by different meteorological agencies. Combined with the intensity of the TC, this made it necessary to undertake one of the largest evacuation efforts in history, with 1.2 million people being evacuated within 24 hours. The aggressive pre-impact response and well-targeted evacuation plan by Indian authorities were widely praised by the international community as having averted a massive humanitarian disaster.

The ECHO Daily Flash of 6 May reports 50 fatalities within India and Bangladesh; however, the early evacuation of approximately 2.6 million people across India and Bangladesh has prevented this figure from being significantly higher. Response efforts are underway across 10,000 villages and 52 urban areas in north-eastern India, with rice, dry food packages and emergency payments being distributed by the Indian Government.

The Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping module was activated on 2 May to provide First Estimate Product, Delineation and Grading Maps over nine Areas of Interest (AoI) along the eastern coast of India.

The delineation maps released for Odisha Coast, India were produced from radar satellite imagery of the Airbus Space TerraSar-X and ASI COSMO-SkyMed acquired on 4 May and 5 May. The first Delineation Overview Map of Odisha Coast AoI shows 13,483.3 ha (134.8 km2) of the area flooded at the time of satellite imagery acquisition. No visible impacts were reported concerning the two other coastal areas analysed, Chandipur and Haldia, located North to Odisha Coast.

The initial information for the inland city Bhubaneshwar was delivered through the “First Estimate Product”, an additional Rapid Mapping product available since 1 April which aims to provide a rough estimation of the disaster impacts within 2 hours from image reception and can be used to redefine areas of interest.

The map and vector data are available for viewing and download on the EMS Website: EMSR357: Tropical Cyclone Fani in Eastern India.


The delineation map of Odisha Coast, India showing 13,483.3 ha (134.8 km2) of the area flooded at the time of satellite imagery acquisition (Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSR357] Odisha Coast: Delineation Product


The First Estimate Product of Bhubaneshwar (Copernicus EMS © 2019 EU, [EMSR357] Bhubaneshwar: First Estimate Product)

OBSERVER: The Copernicus Masters: a unique opportunity to transform an idea into a business
OBSERVER: The Copernicus Masters: a unique opportunity to transform an idea into a businessfdc_copernicus_admin Thu, 16/05/2019 - 10:15

Copernicus Masters

The Copernicus Masters is a part of the Copernicus Start-up Programme and is the leading innovation competition for commercial Earth Observation (EO) applications in Europe. The competition awards innovative solutions, applications, and business concepts that use Earth Observation data to solve important social and commercial challenges. With more than EUR 450,000 worth of prizes in 2019, there is an opportunity for great minds to boost their business with big data from space. The call for applications will be open until 30 June. Find out more!

Big data from space holds great potential for innovative products and services in many sectors. The Copernicus programme is particularly valuable for the development of applications in a wide variety of domains as it provides full, free and open access to its data. The innovative solutions that address social and economic challenges can receive support from the Copernicus Start-up Programme, which is composed of:

Together with world-class industrial and institutional partners, the Copernicus Masters award outstanding ideas, solutions, applications and business concepts from SMEs, start-ups, universities and individuals which tackle important societal and commercial challenges using EO data. In 2019, together with cash prizes, challenge winners receive access to an international network of leading EO organisations, substantial satellite data quotas, access to a crowdfunding investment platform and business development support worth more than EUR 450,000 in total. Applications are open to participants from all over the world.

This year’s edition of the Copernicus Masters offers participants a diverse range of topic-specific challenges to tackle global challenges with their competition entries. Each of the seven competition partners, the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Planet, BayWa, Airbus and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) have each presented participants with a specific challenge, with individual prize pools designed to support the winner to further develop its idea.

 

Copernicus Masters 2019 - Prizes

Copernicus Masters 2019 - Prizes with a total value of more than EUR 450,000. Credit: AZO

 

Thorsten Rudolph, Managing Director of AZO, the organiser of the Copernicus Masters, asserts the value of the competition: “The Copernicus Masters was launched 8 years ago on behalf of ESA with the mission to foster the user uptake of Copernicus data and information. Since then, we received 1,300 business cases from over 3,100 participants establishing more than 100 EO start-ups in Europe. These results show the competition’s importance and success in this area.

Participation to the Copernicus Masters brings value to all participants, even if they are not among the winners. By completing a submission, applicants will be guided through the elaboration of their ideas in a business context. Support materials such as online tutorials, webinars, support chats, and a dedicated helpdesk are all at hand to ensure all participants are provided with the best chance of success. After the completion of the evaluations, participants have access to expert feedback and are able to download their submissions to put their hard work to further use.

Participation to the Copernicus Masters brings value to all participants, even if they are not among the winners. By completing a submission, applicants will be guided through the elaboration of their ideas in a business context. Support materials such as online tutorials, webinars, support chats, and a dedicated helpdesk are all at hand to ensure all participants are provided with the best chance of success. After the completion of the evaluations, participants have access to expert feedback and are able to download their submissions to put their hard work to further use.

Victor Pajuelo Madrigal, the winner of the ESA EO Future Challenge, provides us with some first-hand insight into the competition: “Our participation in the Copernicus Masters has been a great experience for the whole team at Svarmi. Back at our offices, we usually dream big and test many new ideas both in the field and in the lab, but we never thought that one of our ideas was going to be recognised by ESA and the space community! Being at the Space Oscars 2018 – the Copernicus Masters and Galileo Masters Awards Ceremony event in Marseille was a big boost for our morale, and it was great to share and network with many other great ideas and businesses.

 

Copernicus Masters Space Oscars 2018

Copernicus Masters Space Oscars 2018. Svarmi, winner of the ESA Challenge from left to right: Tryggvi Stéfansson, Victor Francisco Pajuelo Madrigal, Svarmi, Dr. Thomas Beer, Copernicus Policy Coordinator ESA. Credit: AZO

 

EO developers, students, researchers, start-ups and SMEs are invited to participate in the Copernicus Masters 2019. Participation is free and registration takes just a few minutes. Discover the challenges and sign up today. www.copernicus-masters.com

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