UNESCO Publishes New Manual on Applications of Remote Sensing to Groundwater Studies
Use of satellite remote sensing for groundwater studies is particularly challenging because most of the useful information identified by satellites is revealed indirectly (e.g. through surface vegetation or fracture zones).
The manual Remote Sensing Applications to Groundwater seeks to help interested people learn skills in deciphering groundwater information using remote sensing. It has been prepared in collaboration with the International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) within the framework of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme and as a contribution toward the TIGER initiative. It has been written from a hydrogeologist-practitioner perspective and assumes no prior knowledge of remote sensing.
Professor Allard Meijerink, together with co-authors, has written the manual. Part I deals with image processing methods useful for groundwater studies and contains chapters on the use of thermal and radar images in hydrogeology. Part II discusses and illustrates the hydrogeological interpretation of images of the main types of geological terrain, with examples from warm climates. Part III concentrates on the use of remote sensing for groundwater management, modelling, aquifer recharge management, and various cross-cutting themes such as evapotranspiration, vegetation, soil moisture and new sensor technologies.
The manual also refers readers to various sources where satellite images can be downloaded free of charge and to internet sites offering open source software for remote sensing and GIS.
The manual was published on CD-ROM and in hardcopy by UNESCO at the end of 2007. Courtesy of UNESCO, a hard copy will be sent to each of the TIGER principal investigators, using the addresses listed in the ESA project database. The investigators are advised to notify the persons below of any change in their address.
Other interested parties can request a free copy by sending an e-mail to Mr Vincent Leogardo (firstname.lastname@example.org), with a copy to Dr Annukka Lipponen (email@example.com), specifying their preference: hardcopy or CD version. A pdf file web version will also be made available at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/ulis/index.shtml.
Source: UNESCO, International Hydrological Programme