Emergency Observation of Floods in the Southern France by AVNIR-2 onboard "Daichi" (ALOS)
Flash floods by the concentrated heavy rains occurred on June 15, 2010 (UTC) at the department of Var in the southern France, and this caused great damage. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have performed the emergency observation to monitor the state of the damage by the Advanced Visible and Near Infrared Radiometer type 2 (AVNIR-2)* onboard the Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS, "Daichi") on 19:15 (JST) or 10:15 (UTC) of June 17, 2010.Fig. 1 shows an observed image of AVNIR-2 on 19:15 of June 17, 2010 (JST). It is the true colored composite using band 3, 2 and 1 of AVNIR-2. Although there are several clouds, which seem by white color in the image, there is no cloud in the department of Var and the ground could be seen.
JAXA plans continuous observation of this area.
The acquired images were provided to ALOS Data European Node (ADEN).
* Advanced Visible and Near Infrared Radiometer type 2 (AVNIR-2):
AVNIR-2 is a visible and near infrared radiometer for observing land and coastal zones.
It provides 10-m spatial-resolution image and 70-km swath on the ground. The pointing angle of AVNIR-2 is +44 and - 44 degrees. This image was acquired by 28 degrees east.