Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment

, Volume 32, Issue 9, pp 2551–2563 | Cite as

Evaluation of multi-sensor satellite data for monitoring different drought impacts

  • Seo-Yeon Park
  • Chanyang Sur
  • Jong-Suk Kim
  • Joo-Heon Lee
Original Paper


Drought is a natural disaster that significantly affects human life; therefore, precise monitoring and prediction is necessary to minimize drought damage. Conventional drought monitoring is based predominantly on ground observation stations; however, satellite imagery can be used to overcome the disadvantages of existing monitoring methods and has the advantage of monitoring wide areas. In this research, we assess the applicability of drought monitoring based on satellite imagery, focusing on historic droughts in 2001 and 2014, which caused major agricultural and hydrological issues in South Korea. To assess the applicability and accuracy of the drought index, drought impact areas in the study years were investigated, and spatiotemporal comparative analyses between the calculated drought index and previously affected areas were conducted. For drought monitoring based on satellite imagery, we used hydro-meteorological factors such as precipitation, land surface temperature, vegetation, and evapotranspiration, and applied remote sensing data from various sensors. We verified the effectiveness of using precipitation data for meteorological drought monitoring, vegetation and land surface temperature data for agricultural drought monitoring, and evapotranspiration data for hydrological drought monitoring. Moreover, we confirmed that the Standard Precipitation Index (SPI) can be indirectly applied to agricultural or hydrological drought monitoring by determining the temporal correlation between SPI, calculated for various time scales, and satellite-based drought indices.


Drought Drought impact assessment Remote sensing SPI VHI ESI 



This research was supported by Grant (17AWMP-B079625-04) from the Water Management Research Program of Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation and National Research Foundation (NRF-2017R1D1A1A02018546) funded by the Korean Government.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seo-Yeon Park
    • 1
  • Chanyang Sur
    • 2
  • Jong-Suk Kim
    • 3
  • Joo-Heon Lee
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringJoongbu UniversityGoyang-siRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Drought Research CenterJoongbu UniversityGoyang-siRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering ScienceWuhan UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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