Floods are the most common natural disaster worldwide — and in the United States, they result in more loss of life and property than any other.

Recent studies highlight how local investments in simple flood preparations can prevent as much as 70% of property damage during a flood. But to achieve those benefits on a global scale, we need better data, better modeling and a deeper understanding of flood exposure.

That’s why NASA’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites is helping scientists and decision-makers improve prediction of, preparation for, response to and recovery from floods. NASA flood preparedness and response capabilities include satellite observations, data systems and modeling. Learn more about the NASA instruments and tools helping local communities in pre-flood, active and post-flood situations:

Global Flood Prediction & Warning

Global Flood Mapping & Damage Assessment