2010 Indus Floods
Some blamed La Niña, while others faulted inadequate flood-prevention plans for the devastation left behind by the 2010 Pakistan Floods. In either case, the coming together of international partners allowed rapid humanitarian response efforts to take place. The importance of international partnership lies within the craftsmanship of the middle map, a mosaic of shared satellite data pieced together by UNITAR’s Operational Satellite Application Programme (UNOSAT). The map provides flood analysis based on a time series of satellite data recorded between July 28-September 16, 2010. With the support from several other partners, UNOSAT was able to provide emergency response maps to humanitarian communities during the floods. Often times, those assessing flood extent on land are unable to map an entire area before water levels change again. Satellites, however, offer a unique perspective from space and provide data across large geographic areas nearly every day.
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