Friday, July 10, 2009

NATO Satellite map helps predict floods

NATO’s satellite imaging experts have created a map that predicts likely flooding patterns and areas in Afghanistan, making it possible to plan preventive action for future flood seasons. The map is soon to be formally handed over to the Afghan authorities in Kabul.

Using knowledge previously acquired during the mapping of minefields as well as other technologies, the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A), in collaboration with the National University of Singapore, helped create a map to predict when and where floods are likely to occur.

The map has been validated by key external civilian experts, and has been described as extremely useful in predicting and preparing for future flooding. It is accurate for over 95%, making it possible to offer alternatives to threatened populations before the flood comes.

The map will be released to the Afghan national authorities shortly, as a means to prevent disasters like those of the past and put an end to the constant reconstruction efforts.


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