• "Flood Risk Assessment in the Bolivian Amazonia Under Climate Change and Human Development Scenarios"
  • "Flood Risk Assessment in the Bolivian Amazonia Under Climate Change and Human Development Scenarios"

Study Area

The Mamore river is the longest and most important Bolivian river. Its basin civers an area of more than 253*6 hectares. Figure shows the Mamore basin as the biggest Bolivian basin. For better visualization the user is invited to check the interactive online map. From its beginning at the confluence of the Ichilo and the Grande river to its confluence with the Madre de Dios river, the Mamore river has a longitude of more than 1300 km. Moreover, when old meanders are included the longitude increase to over 2000 km. After its confluence with the MAdre de Dios it becomes the Madeira river, wich is one of the main affluents of the Amazon river. Its main channel is wider than 1km and its flodplain is about 8 km -10 k width. The Mamore is vey important as a culturl heritage of Bolivian people with many legends and myths about it. Its name originates from the local word "Mamuri", which means "The mother of all the waters" (in spanish "La madre de todas las aguas")

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Figure 1. The Mamore basin Source: Basins from Bolivia

The lowlands are vast floodplains known as the Llanuras de Moxos. Such floodplains are expossed to severe flood events from the Mamore and nearby rivers. The flood events that occurred in February 2014 was one of the most severe ones, swamping several hectares of land, affecting more than 63000 families and drowning more than 108000 cattle heads. The flood was so severe that some institutions like Nasa and Flood Observatory dedicated special sites to show the extent of the flood. Figure 2 shows a False Color image of the study area acquired by Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite on February 17, 2014.on February 17, 2014.

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Figure 2. Extent of the 2014 flood event Source: Earth Observatory NASA

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