The Dartmouth Flood Observatory was founded in 1993 at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH USA and moved to the University of Colorado, INSTAAR in 2010. Its sustained, not-for-profit operation depends on grant and project support. Financial contributions may be tax-deductible.
DFO's River and Reservoir Watch provides experimental, fully automated satellite-based river discharge and reservoir area measurements. They are updated daily and do not require any ground-based information. However, ground-based gauging stations can test its results (blue line in example below, Site #91, Wabash River, central USA). DFO is developing an array of validated measurement sites for the Earth: click on link above or map below.
The same technology is also being used to monitor reservoir area changes (example: Site #2012).
Twice-daily updates at 2:30 and 14:30 Local Denver Time
The Flood Observatory facilitates use of space-based information for
international flood detection,
flood response, future risk assessment, and hydrological research. In 2013-2017, it led a NASA Applied Sciences project to assist World Food Program use of flood mapping information. Click on video below for visualization of WFP logistics.
This work is made possible by data acquired by NASA,
the Japanese Space Agency, and the European Space Agency, and funding support from NASA and the European Commission,
through the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) project, Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy. The Observatory was founded in 1993 at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH USA and moved to the University of Colorado, INSTAAR, CSDMS in 2010. The institutional support of both universities is gratefully acknowledged.