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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2020, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 261-266

Analysis of the consequences of the dam failure of the Sardoba Reservoir on May 1, 2020

А.М. Konstantinova 1 , E.A. Loupian 1 
1 Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia
Accepted: 28.05.2020
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2020-17-3-261-266
The largest waterways in Uzbekistan are the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers. A number of reservoirs have been built along the courses of these rivers and their stream tributaries, which are important for irrigation and energy industry in the country. One of these facilities is the Sardoba Reservoir commissioned about 5 years ago. On May 1, 2020, a collapse occurred in the western part of the reservoir dam, causing flooding of rural areas, agricultural lands and roads. As a result of this breakthrough, a significant part of the accumulated water of the Sardoba Reservoir was lost. The capabilities of currently active satellites, the data of which are publicly available, have made it possible to carry out a detailed monitoring of the flood progress and estimate its consequences. A brief analysis of the results obtained is presented in this paper. The research was conducted using the resources of IKI-Monitoring center for collective use of systems for archiving, processing and analyzing satellite data ( and the information system for remote monitoring of water resources of Uzbekistan EcoSatMS developed on its basis (
Keywords: satellite monitoring of the Earth, floods, Sardoba Reservoir, dam failure, CKP “IKI-Monitoring”, flooded area, water surface area, digital elevation model, bathymetric map, water reservoir volume, EcoSatMS
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