Remote Sensing of Drought: Innovative Monitoring Approaches

Brian D. Wardlow, Martha C. Anderson, James P. Verdin

April 24, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 484 Pages - 111 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439835579 - CAT# K11599
Series: Drought and Water Crises


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  • Focuses on the application of satellite-based remote sensing for drought monitoring
  • Presents a cross-section of cutting-edge remote sensing tools and techniques that can be applied internationally
  • Covers the relevance of drought to natural hazards and climate change
  • Explores a broad range of applications for monitoring and estimating vegetation health, soil moisture, precipitation, and evapotranspiration
  • Includes more than 100 black-and-white illustrations and a 40-page color insert


Remote Sensing of Drought: Innovative Monitoring Approaches presents emerging remote sensing-based tools and techniques that can be applied to operational drought monitoring and early warning around the world. The first book to focus on remote sensing and drought monitoring, it brings together a wealth of information that has been scattered throughout the literature and across many disciplines. Featuring contributions by leading scientists, it assembles a cross-section of globally applicable techniques that are currently operational or have potential to be operational in the near future.

The book explores a range of applications for monitoring four critical components of the hydrological cycle related to drought: vegetation health, evapotranspiration, soil moisture and groundwater, and precipitation. These applications use remotely sensed optical, thermal, microwave, radar, and gravity data from instruments such as AMSR-E, GOES, GRACE, MERIS, MODIS, and Landsat and implement several advanced modeling and data assimilation techniques. Examples show how to integrate this information into routine drought products. The book also examines the role of satellite remote sensing within traditional drought monitoring, as well as current challenges and future prospects.

Improving drought monitoring is becoming increasingly important in addressing a wide range of societal issues, from food security and water scarcity to human health, ecosystem services, and energy production. This unique book surveys innovative remote sensing approaches to provide you with new perspectives on large-area drought monitoring and early warning.


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