Responding to the 2017 Midwestern floods
Interagency collaboration supported rapid response efforts.
Periods of heavy rainfall caused extensive flooding across much of the Midwestern United States and Mississippi River Basin in spring 2017, including widespread accumulation of 7–10 inches of rain, flash floods, and long-term river flooding. In response, NASA’s Earth Science Disasters Program assembled a team of scientists at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, other NASA centers, and NASA-affiliated partners to assist the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. National Guard in their emergency operations.
The Disasters Response Team created flood extent maps and assisted with the integration of remote sensing products for FEMA and the National Guard. The flood extent maps primarily relied on data from synthetic aperture radar, which has great
1 National Aeronautics and Space Administration. “MODIS sees May 2017 flooding in the Midwest.” https://disasters.nasa.gov/missouri-flooding-2017/modis-sees-may-2017-flooding-midwest.