Earth Observation for Flood and Drought monitoring in Zambezi

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DHI GRAS has had the pleasure of hosting ZAMCOM for a three-day seminar at our headquarters from 11-14 of May, with participants representing almost all 8 Riparian states that share the Zambezi River Basin.

The seminar covered the topic of Flood and Drought monitoring in the Zambezi region with Earth Observation.

During the three days the participants have been briefed on ongoing developing projects and the main issues and information needs for flood and drought monitoring in the region, whilst also diving into hands-on experience for retrieving, analysing and integrating Earth Observation-based information and GIS for monitoring purposes.
The seminar has been a great opportunity to gather representatives from ZAMCOM and provide guided exercises with data available from the Sentinel satellites demonstrating the process of deriving valuable information on on recent developments in the basin e.g. drought and power shortage on one hand (https://www.newzimbabwe.com/power-shortage-looms-as-kariba-dam-dries-up-...) and heavy rainfall and floods on the other hand (http://eo4sd-water.net/news/flooding-zambezi).

The participants have expressed keen interest and strong motivation and in the end all participants could produce the flood map on the case study selected (cyclone Idai).

It has been a pleasure to host the participants from ZAMCOM, and we want to thank them for making the seminar such a success. We also want to thank our partners ITC, DTU Environment and adelphi for their contributions as training facilitators and instructors.