The Canadian Space Agency released one of the images captured by Radarsat-2 which were delivered to the International Charter Space and Major Disasters on behalf of Emergency Management Australia and the State of Queensland, Australia. The featured image shows Australia’s northeastern state of Queensland.
The flooded areas in this image are marked in yellow. The image is centered on Rockhampton and the Fitzroy river where some of the worst flooding occurred. The image was creadted using a change detection procedure and compares an image taken from April 9, 2010, the before image, to a January 7, 2011 image, the after image.
According to U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climate Data Center this is the wettest spring in Australia’s recorded history with records going back 111 years. A full size image of the greater area is available from the Canadian Space Agency’s RADARSAT-2 featured image archive.
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