2015 Brazil floods in Google Earth

Earlier this week we looked a flood damage in Georgia and Texas. Thank you to GEB reader for pointing us to imagery of flooding in Magdeburg, Germany in 2013. Find it in Google Earth with this KML file .

We have been aware for some time that there was major flooding in Brazil earlier this year, but have not until recently been able to find relevant imagery. We felt the need to include the year in our post title as a quick internet search revealed the fact that Brazil appears to have had severe floods nearly every year in recent history.


A small settlement near the town of Benjamin Constant, Brazil. Although it is certainly flooded, closer inspection reveals that there are raised walkways between the houses and high water levels are probably common. It is hard to tell from the satellite imagery whether the flooding was severe enough to have caused damage.


Coari, Brazil. Yet again, clearly flooded, but walkways exist in the flooded streets that can be seen in older imagery, suggesting flooding is common and prepared for.

Despite the flooding affecting a very large area (over 2000 km of river) we were only able to find a few relevant recent satellite images. However, we did discover the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” and they have a number of recent satellite images of the area and before and after comparisons of the imagery – usually using Google Earth imagery for the “before” image.

To put them in context we have created a set of Placemarks for Google Earth with links to the relevant “before and after” comparisons. Download this KML file to view them in Google Earth.

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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  2. I would like to point out that GE is very useful to mariners who can pin” a marine chart over imagery and plot position with GPS. So nautical miles would be a useful unit. Why only kilometres and miles? Also GE with layers is very cumbersome for mobile devices.



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