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Science  24 Sep 2004:
Vol. 305, Issue 5692, pp. 1907
DOI: 10.1126/science.305.5692.1907
HONORABLE MENTION: The Elbe River Flood 2002

Geographer Nils Sparwasser and colleagues at the German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen send viewers on a bird's-eye journey over Eastern Europe in August 2002 as entire cities are consumed by the worst flooding to hit the region in more than 100 years. The group incorporated optical and radar data from 10 satellites to create the three-dimensional presentation. Disaster organizations may soon use similar displays to predict flood damage and evacuate endangered residents.