Ten years of local water resource management: Integrating satellite remote sensing and geographical information systems

Xavier Pons, Jordi Cristóbal, Anna Riverola, Pere Serra, Cristina Cea, Cristina Domingo, Paula Díaz, Manel Monterde, Enrique Velasco, Oscar Gonzalez Guerrero

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Abstract

On 2002, a novel initiative was undertaken by the local water administration of Catalonia (the Agència Catalana de l'Aigua) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, leading to a ten-year project where a high number of medium resolution satellite images (MODIS and Landsat) were integrated to the daily water management to improve decision making effectiveness. This paper describes the methodology followed in the successful application of remote sensing, as well as the main problems that had to be overcome during its execution. It also presents the products that have been calculated. These are integrated into the Agency's corporate GIS and immediately available via the intranet for the staff, and a selection is available on the Internet.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-332
JournalEuropean Journal of Remote Sensing
Volume45
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2012

Keywords

  • Crop mapping
  • Data harmonization
  • GIS
  • Operational remote sensing
  • Snow cover
  • Water resource management

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