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tion of Poyang Lake flooding the town of Nanchang in Jiangxi Province and the flooding of Donting Lake in Hunan Province. Envisat ASAR images acquired on 5 June were processed and disseminated on 6 June. The flood maps and images were sent to our Chinese colleagues at the IWHR as well as the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC) at the Ministry of Civil Affairs and other partners of the Flood Dragon project.

"Then at the end of June came a major flood of the Xijiang River that affected the town of Wuzhou in Guangxi Province. At that time both the Chinese and European teams were away at the Dragon Programme symposium in Santorini, Greece. In the event we still managed to access, process this crisis data, then present it to the symposium.

"Most recently, in mid-July, we have seen flooding of the Nenjiang River in Heilongjiang Province in northeast China, following continuous rainfall reported in the vicinity of the city of Qigihar."

Flood monitoring is only one of numerous Dragon Programme research themes, which range from agriculture and forests to seismic activity and landslide monitoring, assessing drought, air quality, oceanography and climate. Dragon formally began in April 2004. Since then more than 2500 radar images from Envisat and ESA's ERS missions have so far been delivered to Dragon teams.

The latest Dragon Symposium took place in Santorini between 27 June and 1 July, attended by 120 scientists including 50 from PRC.

Progress and early results were reported during the event and updates were given on project teaming, including Greek scientists joining as co-investigators. Supporting in-situ data measurements required to validate satellite results were detailed and reports were made from an associated young scientist training programme.

Presentations included details of research being done into the synergistic use of ASAR with Envisat's optical Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS)
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Contact: Mariangela D'Acunto
mariangela.dacunto@esa.int
39-694-180-856
European Space Agency
3-Aug-2005


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