Friday, February 01, 2008

ALOS satellite captures Rockhampton floods

The Advanced Visible and Near Infrared Radiometer type 2 (AVNIR-2) instrument on board the ALOS satellite captured an image of Rockhampton city and surrounds on Tuesday 29 January. This acquisition coincided with the previously expected flood peak for the city and was requested ahead of time by Geoscience Australia.

Unfortunately, cloud obscures portions of the image but there are several areas where the flood waters are visible. The images below are a subset of a full AVNIR-2 scene, showing before and after images over the city centre, the nearby barrage on the Fiztroy River and flood areas to the north-west.

AVNIR-2 satellite images over Rockhampton showing before and during the January 2008 floods. The image on the left was acquired on 3 May 2007 while the image on the right was acquired on 29 January 2008 near the peak of the floods. © JAXA

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