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Remote Sensing of Surface Water

  • Geoff Kite
  • Alain Pietroniro

Abstract

The rapid growth of population in many countries together with a generally increasing standard of living is increasing demands on surface water for irrigation, industry and urban water supply and is decreasing the quality of the available surface water (Schultz and Barrett, 1989). Surface water may occur in liquid form as lakes, reservoirs and rivers and in its solid form as snow, glacier and river and lake ice. Remote sensing has a major role to play in estimating the areal extent and water content of both these phases. This chapter concentrates on the use of remote sensing to detect and measure surface water in its liquid phase with brief diversions from this topic to describe remotely-sensed measurements of related properties of surface water such as sediment load and water quality.

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Remote Sensing Lake Level Synthetic Aperture Radar Synthetic Aperture Radar Image Radar Altimeter 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoff Kite
    • 1
  • Alain Pietroniro
    • 2
  1. 1.International Water Management Institute, THAEMMenemen, IzmirTurkey
  2. 2.National Water Research Institute, NHRC, Environment CanadaSaskatoonCanada

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