In India, Nature’s Power Overwhelms Engineered Wetlands

Kerala flood. August 22, 2018. NASA Earth Observatory images by Lauren Dauphin, using modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2018) processed by the European Space Agency and Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Image and captions source: NASA Earth Observatory


The picturesque Kerala backwaters in southern India, increasingly popular with tourists, form a network of engineered canals, lagoons, lakes, and rice paddies. But a fatal monsoon deluge has highlighted the global problem of how developed wetlands often lose their capacity to absorb major floods…

Read Full Article; Yale E360 (12-20-2018)

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Before and After the Kerala Floods; NASA / Earth Observatory (08-25-2018)
Swollen rivers have altered the landscape in India’s state of Kerala. Residents in India’s state of Kerala are reeling from a “once-in-a-century” flood that displaced nearly a million people…

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