CWC Projects

Water mapping in the Amazon and Congo

More information: Satellite Hydrology core project

Map of Amazon and Conga water level changes Water level changes (dh/dt) measured via interferometric synthetic aperture radar from the Japanese Earth Resources Satellite (JERS-1). The spatial patterns of the images have led to new insights concerning the Amazon (A) and Congo (B) floodplains. The Amazon floodplain is highly interconnected by channels, resulting in complex flow patterns. In contrast, flow patterns in the Congo are less governed by channel connectivity and flooded areas lack well-defined boundaries.