Soil moisture estimation from satellite data: the operative experience of the Umbria Region Civil Protection Early Warning Center
Nicola Berni presents the impact of soil moisture products for flood and land slide warning.
Length: 17 minutes.
Umbria Region Civil Protection Early Warning center (Central Italy) is in charge of alerting and monitoring critical events for Civil Protection purposes (mainly landslides and floods). In last ten years the office has used, in cooperation with national research institutes, satellite data to improve modeling/forecasting tools performances, monitoring activities about possible impacts of severe rainfall events able to trigger floods and landslides at regional scale. In fact, the estimation of the soil water content has proved to be a key parameter for better forecast models implementation both for landslide than for flood risk issues.