UK Space Agency extends money for dams and flood monitoring

Funding for monitoring dams at risk of failing has been extended in the wake of the Whaley Bridge dam collapse last week, the UK Space Agency has announced.

Close to 1,500 residents left their homes because of the partial collapse of a dam wall at Toddbrook Reservoir, last week.

The UK Space Agency has since extended its funding to enable UK water research specialist, HR Wallingford, to broaden its space-based dam monitoring system, DAMSAT, to include water dams in a bid to reduce the risk of failures.

The funding has been made available following a successful pilot project to monitor tailings dams used to store toxic mine waste in Peru, which could be deployed worldwide to reduce risks to people living downstream of dams.

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