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Remote Sens., Volume 9, Issue 7 (July 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) It has long been assumed that South Asia's ancient Indus Civilization was riverine, but many [...] Read more. It has long been assumed that South Asia's ancient Indus Civilization was riverine, but many presumed watercourses are no longer visible. For the last 30 years, satellite imagery has been used to map the hydrology of the extensive plains that Indus populations occupied. This paper adopts a seasonal multi-temporal approach to the detection of palaeorivers over this large area (more than 80,000 km2). Twenty-eight years of Landsat 5 data—a total of 1711 multispectral images and 1254 8-day vegetation composites—have been bulk processed using Google Earth Engine© Code Editor and cloud computing infrastructure. The resulting data have allowed the mapping of 8000 km of relic water courses in the Sutlej-Yamuna interfluve, a core area for this Bronze Age civilization. The research also provided insights into the environmental conditions in which Indus urbanism developed and ultimately declined. View the paper