18. July 2021
Flooding in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate

Sit­u­a­tion in­for­ma­tion for dis­as­ter man­age­ment

Destroyed houses and streets in the Eifel region
De­stroyed area and streets in the Eifel re­gion
Image 1/6, Credit: DLR-ZKI (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Destroyed area and streets in the Eifel region

The aeri­al pho­to shows the view from a he­li­copter on 16 Ju­ly 2021.
Echternach at the River Sûre
Echter­nach at the Riv­er Sûre
Image 2/6, Credit: DLR-ZKI (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Echternach at the River Sûre

The aeri­al im­age shows the view from the he­li­copter on 16.07.2021. Echter­nach (Lux­em­bourg) is near Tri­er (Rhineland-Palati­nate).
Flooding in Bad Münstereifel
Flood­ing in Bad Mün­stereifel
Image 3/6, Credit: DLR-ZKI (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Flooding in Bad Münstereifel

The map shows the flood­ing in Bad Mün­stereifel (Eu­skirchen dis­trict, North Rhine-West­phalia) on 15.07.2021.
DLR aerial image over Schleiden
DLR aeri­al im­age over Schlei­den
Image 4/6, Credit: DLR-ZKI (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

DLR aerial image over Schleiden

The flight with the Do 228 D-CF-FU was car­ried out by DLR Flight Op­er­a­tions. A he­li­copter was pro­vid­ed by He­li­copter Trav­el Mu­nich GmbH.
Flooding in Schleiden
Flood­ing in Schlei­den
Image 5/6, Credit: DLR-ZKI (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Flooding in Schleiden

Aeri­al im­age over Schlei­den. The flight with the Do 228 D-CF-FU was car­ried out by DLR Flight Op­er­a­tions. A he­li­copter was pro­vid­ed by He­li­copter Trav­el Mu­nich GmbH.
Flooding in Euskirchen
Flood­ing in Eu­skirchen
Image 6/6, Credit: DLR-ZKI (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Flooding in Euskirchen

The map shows the flood­ed ar­eas in the dis­trict of Eu­skirchen. The flood ex­tent lay­er was de­rived from Sen­tinel-1 da­ta on 15.7.2021.
  • DLR acquires aerial images and evaluates them with additional Earth observation data for the disaster relief workers in the affected regions.
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) combines information from satellites and aircraft.
  • Focus: Earth observation, security

In western Germany, prolonged heavy rain caused flooding. People lost their lives and numerous buildings and infrastructures were destroyed. Areas in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate are particularly affected. The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) is supporting disaster relief workers with a number of activities. This includes the rapid creation of maps based on satellite data and DLR aerial images. The Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) relays the situation information to the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) and the German Red Cross (DRK). Furthermore, there is a continuous exchange with the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG) and its satellite-supported crisis and information service. The ZKI is a facility within the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) in Oberpfaffenhofen. It analyses Earth observation data and uses it to provide up-to-date information.

The ZKI has derived information on flooding for regions in North Rhine-Westphalia from satellite data (Sentinel-1). The evaluation is carried out using automated processes. The images and so-called 'water wasks', which illustrate the extent of the bodies of water, are available to the relief workers. In addition, the ZKI provides situation maps showing particularly affected areas, which are identified together with the rescue teams on site. For this purpose, DLR captured aerial image data with resolutions of 10 to 15 centimetres using a camera from the Remote Sensing Technology Institute. The flights were spontaneously organised in cooperation with partners.

Some of the maps can be downloaded free of charge.

The images and maps are created as part of the AIFER research project in close cooperation with the Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) and the German Red Cross (DRK). AIFER develops artificial intelligence (AI) methodology that automatically recognises and combines information from satellite data, aerial images and other media. The project is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Contact
  • Katja Lenz
    Ed­i­tor
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Me­dia Re­la­tions
    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Me­dia Re­la­tions
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-5401
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne
    Contact
  • Monika Gähler
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Ger­man Re­mote Sens­ing Da­ta Cen­ter (DFD)
    Cen­ter for Satel­lite Based Cri­sis In­for­ma­tion (ZKI)
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-3309
    Münchener Straße 20
    82234 Weßling
    Contact

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