The Ayeyarwady Integrated River Basin Management Project (AIRBMP) was formed in 2014 to initiate the sustainable management of this invaluable waterway. The project was approved by the World Bank in 2014 in cooperation with national institutions and targets a broad spectrum of beneficiaries.
Government water agencies such as the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement if River Systems, the Water Resources Utilization Department, the Irrigation Department, and the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology will benefit through institutional reforms and capacity building for managing the nation’s water resources. Vulnerable communities affected by hydrological events will benefit through the modernization of the country’s hydro-meteorological observation and warning systems against drought, floods and storms. The general population of Myanmar will benefit indirectly from improved agricultural production, waterway transport and weather information services, in compliment to enhanced economic and environmental benefits.
The water frequency map of the Ayeyarwady basin can support the AIRBMP project in many ways e.g. by highlighting areas affected by floods and as an indicator of changes in river morphology which can impact navigation and infrastructure developments.
The water frequency product is created from a dense timeseries of Sentinel-1 radar imagery. Sentinel 1 is the preferred sensor because of the all-weather observation capacity and the continuous 12-day revisit time. By combining the water detection maps of over time it can be determined how often certain areas have been inundated within a given time period.
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