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ESA Euronews: Copernicus offers a flood of disaster data

21 March 2014

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The recent floods in the UK saw a lot of the management of that disaster made possible by using information from satellites. But how? In this edition of Space we find out.

Flooding affects thousands of people every year across Europe, and this year one of them just happened to be a flood scientist - Spanish Research Fellow at Reading University in England, Javier García-Pintado.

His back garden looks onto the Thames, he explains: "This is the bank of the Thames, and this areas was severely affected by the recent flooding. Specifically in this little bit of land we are a tiny bit higher, and we didn't have any problems, but our neighbours around here certainly did."

García-Pintado knew his young family was safe at home, because he could count on his expert knowledge; his day job is using satellite data to improve flood models.

Source: European Space Agency (ESA)

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