Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) has contributed to the monitoring of floods in Mozambique thanks to satellite imagery.

In order to enable the relevant authorities and inhabitants affected by floods to take the most appropriate protection measures, researchers from LIST have developed the HASARD® tool in order to automatically produce, record and disseminate accurate floodwater maps that can be used by as many people as possible. 

The HASARD® tool is composed of an algorithm and a dedicated software. Last year, LIST made it available to the international research and disaster management community through the Grid Processing on Demand (GPOD) platform of the European Space Agency (ESA). The tool, open to all and requiring an online account application, is being continuously improved through new versions. 

Indeed, after several months, a newer version of the tool has just been integrated in collaboration with ESA. It is now easier for users to navigate and use the tool, thanks to both improved ergonomics and user experience. In addition, the algorithm now offers a better classification and many additional mapping options. LIST researchers specialised in remote sensing and natural resources modeling are already working on the next version.