October 9, 2011 Flooding in Northern India
November 5, 2005 Flooding in Northern India
acquired October 9, 2011 download large image (882 KB, JPEG, 1200x900 - left)
acquired October 9, 2011 download GeoTIFF file (2 MB, TIFF)
acquired November 5, 2005 download large image (970 KB, JPEG, 1200x900 - right)
acquired November 5, 2005 download GeoTIFF file (2 MB, TIFF)
Flooding in Northern India
acquired October 9, 2011 download large image (882 KB, JPEG, 1200x900)
acquired October 9, 2011 download GeoTIFF file (2 MB, TIFF)
Flooding in Northern India
acquired November 5, 2005 download large image (970 KB, JPEG, 1200x900)
acquired November 5, 2005 download GeoTIFF file (2 MB, TIFF)

In early October 2011, flooding struck the Indian province of Bihar, drowning villages, destroying roads, and claiming lives. On October 9, 2011, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite captured the top image showing part of Bihar Province. For comparison, the bottom image shows the same area as observed by the Thematic Mapper on the Landsat 5 satellite on November 5, 2005.

In these false-color images, vegetation is bright green, water is blue, bare ground is earth-toned, and clouds are pale pink. In 2005, water is confined to a few river channels, and most of the area is dry. Six years later, water swells rivers and fills floodplains, particularly in the east.

NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team and Landsat 5 TM data courtesy of the United States Geological Survey. Caption by Michon Scott.

Instrument(s): 
EO-1 - ALI

Flooding in Northern India

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