Footprints for the floods will aid damage assessment

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Catastrophe data company PERILS has released satellite-based footprints for the floods in central Europe, which are affecting mainly Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

The images, which PERILS will update over the duration of the floods, are based on radar and optical satellite data, and cover the Danube and Vltava-Elbe river basins.

Daily flood snapshots will be produced to facilitate the immediate assessment of the possible impact of the eventsIn addition, after the floods, a map showing the maximum extent of the flooding will be produced.

The flood footprints are in a geo-coded format and can be easily combined with other geo-coded data such as insured exposure information.

The images are part of the trial phase of a project to provide satellite-based flood footprints to the insurance industry and are sponsored by the European Space Agency.

“We sincerely hope that the flood footprint information provided by PERILS will assist the industry in managing the consequences of the flood events currently impacting central Europe,” said PERILS head of products Edi Held. “Our aim is to provide data which is of high relevance to the industry as a whole and which contributes to the better management and understanding of natural catastrophe risk.”