Remote Sensing in Drought Quantification and Assessment

Authored by: Nicolas R. Dalezios , Nicos V. Spyropoulos , Saeid Eslamian

Handbook of Drought and Water Scarcity

Print publication date:  July  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498731027
eBook ISBN: 9781315404219
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The remote sensing capabilities for use in drought quantification and assessment are considered. The remote sensing concepts and potentials are initially presented followed by a description of the different types of drought, along with drought monitoring and assessment. Then the suitability of existing drought indices to use remotely sensed data and techniques is reviewed followed by an examination of the strategies for using remotely sensed information in drought analysis. It has been realized that there is a significant and steadily increasing reliability of remote sensing data and methods throughout the years, and the results show that remote sensing seems promising for use in drought quantification and assessment. Moreover, further exploration of the remote sensing potential would lead to hazard management capabilities and disaster reduction.

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