Research Article

Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing

, Volume 37, Issue 4, pp 681-692

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Spatial analysis of groundwater potential using remote sensing and GIS in the Kanyakumari and Nambiyar basins, India

  • R. S. Suja RoseAffiliated withDepartment of Environmental Remote Sensing and Cartography, Madurai Kamaraj University Email author 
  • , N. KrishnanAffiliated withDepartment of Environmental Remote Sensing and Cartography, Madurai Kamaraj University

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Remotely sensed data can provide useful information in understanding the distribution of groundwater, an important source of water supply throughout the world. In the present study, the modern geomatic technologies, namely remote sensing and GIS were used in the identification of groundwater potential zones in the Kanyakumari and Nambiyar basins of Tamil Nadu in India. The multivariate statistical technique was used to find out the relationship between rainfall and groundwater resource characteristics. It has been found out that groundwater not only depends upon rainfall, but various other factors also influence its occurrence. Eight such parameters were considered and multi criterion analysis has been carried out in order to find out the potential zones. Accordingly, it had been concluded that the Kanyakumari river basin has more ground water potential, whereas the Nambiyar basin has less potential. Thus surface investigation of groundwater has proved to be easier, time consistent and cheaper using the geomatic technologies.


Ground water potential Inter-correlation Matrix Multi-criterion