Germany, Brandenburg flood mapping (2020-02-17)

Collection: CEMS-RRM : CEMS Risk and Recovery Mapping 


Activation date: 2020-02-17
Event type: Flood

Activation reason:

The CEMS Risk and Recovery Standard has been activated on behalf of the Ministry of Environment of the state of Brandenburg with the objective of assessing a flood event casued by heavy rainfall that hit the area of Rhin-Havelluch, District Oberhavel in Brandenburg (Germany) in June 2017. The peak of the precipitations occurred between the 29th and 30th June 2017. However, rainy days occurred during the next weeks, leading to the permanence of flooded areas until August 2017.The products generated in the framework of this activation aim at illustrating the evolution of the flood extent and at providing a quantification of affected urban areas, infrastructure and agricultural lands.Proposed solution and resultsFlood extent monitoring from Sentinel-1 acquisitions (30.06.2017-15.08.2017) within AOI01-Kremmen and AOI02-OranienburgModelled flood extent and water depth during the first week after the peak of the precipitation.Maximum water depth: 0.07-0.7mMaximum flood extent: AOI01: 12543.3 ha, AOI02: 7164.0 ha.Examples of maximum water extent and maximum water depth are shown in the following figures. Impact assessment based on the modelled maximum flood extent.Detailed damage assessment based on the visual interpretation of two VHR post-event optical images (both aquired on 20.07.2017) (examples of possible and moderate damaged buildings are shown in the following figures, respectively). 


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European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) (2020): Germany, Brandenburg flood mapping (2020-02-17). European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC) [Dataset] PID:


CEMS Copernicus Emergency Management Service Copernicus Emergency Management Service Risk and Recovery Mapping Activation Copernicus EMS Copernicus Service DEU Emergency Emergency Management EMSN068 Copernicus Flood Germany Mapping Risk and Recovery Mapping

Data access

Copernicus EMS Risk and Recovery Mapping Activation [EMSN068]: Germany, Brandenburg flood mapping (2020-02-17)
  • Maps produced in scope of this Copernicus EMS Risk and Recovery Mapping activation downloadable as georeferenced PDFs, TIFFs and JPEGs together with relevant geodatabase (GDB) and complete final report as well.

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