Oroville Lake Water Elevation Seen from Space - 17/02/2017


Due to recent and heavy rainfall, the water level of Lake Oroville has drastically increased, reaching a dangerous peak which led to the evacuation of over 100,000 people as a precaution, in case there was a dam failure. The Airbus SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellites constantly acquire imagery at 1.5m resolution on any point of the Earth, and are capturing this water level elevation in Oroville, California, United States.

The illustration right shows an image acquired by SPOT on 14 February 2017, which is compared with a previous image (left), acquired by SPOT 6 on 27 June 2016, where the lake banks are clearly visible.

Large-scale images can be downloaded here (2016) and here (2017).

Last updated: 17/02/2017