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Laser scanner to protect against floods

As part of the EU-sponsored research project FloodScan the German Land of Bavaria is to be photographed and surveyed from the air using laser scanners.
With the help of the accurate photographs of the terrain, areas susceptible to flooding can be determined using computer simulation, which in turn allows maps of flood areas to be drawn up. Three quarters of Bavaria have already been surveyed in this way, with aerial photographs of the remaining surface area to be completed by 2010. This project takes account of the EU directive on flood protection, according to which all EU member states are to draw up flood maps by the end of 2013.
Source: www.stmugv.bayern.de/aktuell/presse (de)
Information: www.wzw.tum.de/floodscan (de/en)