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Land Surface Remote Sensing in Continental Hydrology

  • Book

  • September 2016
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 3744918

The continental hydrological cycle is one of the least understood components of the climate system. The understanding of the different processes involved is important in the fields of hydrology and meteorology. In this volume the main applications for continental hydrology are presented, including the characterization of the states of continental surfaces (water state, snow cover, etc.) using active and passive remote sensing, monitoring the Antarctic ice sheet and land water surface heights using radar altimetry, the characterization of redistributions of water masses using the GRACE mission, the potential of GNSS-R technology in hydrology, and remote sensing data assimilation in hydrological models. This book, part of a set of six volumes, has been produced by scientists who are internationally renowned in their fields. It is addressed to students (engineers, Masters, PhD) , engineers and scientists, specialists in remote sensing applied to hydrology. Through this pedagogical work, the authors contribute to breaking down the barriers that hinder the use of Earth observation data.

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Table of Contents

1. Characterization of Soil Surface Properties Using Radar Remote Sensing 2. Estimation of Soil Water Conditions Using Passive Microwave Remote Sensing 3. Using Satellite Scatterometers to Monitor Continental Surfaces 4. Optical Remote Sensing of Snow Cover 5. Snow Characterization Using Radar Imaging 6. Spatial Altimetry and Continental Waters 7. Radar Altimetry for Monitoring the Antarctic Ice Sheet 8. Monitoring Water Mass Redistributions on Land and Polar Ice Sheets using the GRACE Gravimetry from Space Mission 9. Applications of GNSS-R in Continental Hydrology 10. Energy Balance of Continental Surfaces and the Use of Surface Temperature 11. Remote Sensing Data Assimilation: Applications to Catchment Hydrology 12. Satellite Data Assimilation: Application to the Water and Carbon Cycles


Nicolas Baghdadi IRSTEA, France. Nicolas Baghdadi is Research Director at IRSTEA in France. He is currently the scientific director of the French Land Data Centre (Theia). Mehrez Zribi Director of Research, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France. Mehrez Zribi is Director of Research at CNRS/France. He received Ph.D. degree in 1998 from the University of Toulouse, France. Since October 2008, he has been with the Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la Biosphère, Toulouse. His research interests include land surface characterization for hydrology applications, remote sensing signal processing, and airborne microwave instrumentation. Mehrez Zribi has published 125 papers in peer-reviewed journals and has coordinated publication of 20 books about remote sensing for land surfaces. He serves as an editorial board member for several journals and coordinate several international and french research projects. He is deputy director of CESBIO laboratory.