A wide range of satellite sensors were utilized for the trial, including Cosmo Skymed, TerraSAR X, Radarsat 2, Spot 5/6, Pleiades, MODIS and Landsat as historic reference data. The daily products provided a combination of low resolution (50-100 m) wide area coverage to higher resolution (0.5 m) products for cities. No later than 4 weeks after the flood a maximum flood extent product will be produced, a product derived from satellite observations, in-situ observations and modeling.
During the flood the use of the products within the insurance industry was mainly to continuously assess their potential losses. The maximum extent will be used for claims management and to validate and improve existing flood models within the industry.
The initial feedback from the PERILS clients is very positive, and the Insurance working group will organize a dedicated workshop to analyze the lessons learned, assess all aspects of the trial and how this new paradigm can be developed into a sustainable business.