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Before the Flood Arrives
24 April 2018
New NASA Study may improve future river-observing satellites.
River floods are one of the most common and devastating of Earth's natural disasters. In the past decade, deluges from rivers have killed thousands of people every year around the world and caused losses on the order of tens of billions of U.S. dollars annually. Climate change, which is projected to increase precipitation in certain areas of the planet, might make river floods in these places more frequent and severe in the coming decades.
Now, a new study led by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, analyzes what it would take for river-observing satellites to become an even more useful tool to mitigate flood damage and improve reservoir management globally in near real-time.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech - Artist's illustration of NASA's planned Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite over the Amazon basin.