Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing of Drought from Space

  • M. Sadegh
  • C. Love
  • A. Farahmand
  • A. Mehran
  • M. J. Tourian
  • A. AghaKouchak
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Abstract

Drought monitoring is vital considering the immense costs of this natural hazard. The root cause for all types of drought (meteorological, agricultural, hydrological, and socio-economic) is sustained below average precipitation. Since regional precipitation variability depends on large-scale climatic and oceanic circulation patterns, it is necessary to study droughts from a global perspective which requires satellite observations. Satellite data allow comprehensive assessment of drought onset, development, and recovery through a multi-sensor multivariate monitoring of hydrological variables. However, there are major challenges in using satellite data, including consistency, reliability, uncertainty, and length of record that merit more in-depth research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Sadegh
    • 1
  • C. Love
    • 1
  • A. Farahmand
    • 1
  • A. Mehran
    • 1
    • 2
  • M. J. Tourian
    • 3
  • A. AghaKouchak
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaCAUSA
  3. 3.University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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