In early May 2008, Cyclone Nargis caused widespread flooding in Burma (Myanmar). Besides trying to assist the storm survivors, the international community also tried to determine the extent of flooding, but making such a determination can be difficult. Researchers at the University of Maryland’s Department of Geography developed a method of detecting floodwater by examining multiple sources of information to provide a better—though not perfect—picture of flooded areas.
Published May 16, 2008
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