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Geosapiens receives funding from the Canadian Space Agency to optimize flood management

January 27, 2022 | Audrey-Maude Vézina

Update : January 27, 2022

This major funding contribution will enable the development of innovative approaches to flood mapping by integrating satellite imagery data.

Image of the Greater Montreal region from the RADARSAT Constellation Mission imagery. © Canadian Space Agency

The company Geosapiens receives nearly $300,000 in funding from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to develop innovative approaches that use Earth observation data to better manage floods through prevention and crisis management. This project, conducted in partnership with professors Karem Chokmani and Saeid Homayouni of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), is part of CSA smartEarth Initiative.

This project aligns perfectly with the mission of Geosapiens, known for its pioneering solutions that help reduce the social, economic, and environmental impacts of floods, as well as the INRS mission to contribute to society through research innovation.

“We are proud that the Canadian Space Agency has recognized the value of our expertise with this major funding contribution. We are excited to continue our work to promote a proactive culture of risk management to prevent human and material disasters.”

Hachem Agili, CEO of Geosapiens.

Significant contributions

This project will make a significant contribution to improving knowledge and management of flood risks. By integrating optical and radar satellite imagery data, the project will make it possible to identify flood zones and map floods in almost real time. These advances will not only help decision-makers gain a comprehensive and up-to-date view of risks in order to take preventive action and optimize interventions but will also help insurers better assess the risks their clients are facing. The general public will be better able to stay safe and become more resilient to this natural hazard, especially in the context of climate change.

Flooding is the most frequent and damaging natural disaster in Canada. Every year, floods cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. These costs are expected to triple by 2030 due to climate change. The development of knowledge and the preparation regarding these risks among both government and private organizations and the general public are among the biggest challenges related to this issue.