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Hydrology 2018, 5(3), 49; https://doi.org/10.3390/hydrology5030049

Advances in Large-Scale Flood Monitoring and Detection

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Department of European Culture and the Mediterranean (DICEM), University of Basilicata, 75100 Matera, Italy
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Istituto per il Rilevamento Elettromagnetico dell’Ambiente, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IREA), 70126 Bari, Italy
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School of Engineering, University of Basilicata, 85100 Potenza, Italy
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Water Resource Research and Documentation Centre (WARREDOC), University for Foreigners of Perugia, 06123 Perugia, Italy
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Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 30 August 2018 / Accepted: 30 August 2018 / Published: 3 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Large Scale Flood Monitoring and Detection)
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Abstract

The last decades have seen a massive advance in technologies for Earth observation (EO) and environmental monitoring, which provided scientists and engineers with valuable spatial information for studying hydrologic processes. At the same time, the power of computers and newly developed algorithms have grown sharply. Such advances have extended the range of possibilities for hydrologists, who are trying to exploit these potentials the most, updating and re-inventing the way hydrologic and hydraulic analyses are carried out. A variety of research fields have progressed significantly, ranging from the evaluation of water features, to the classification of land-cover, the identification of river morphology, and the monitoring of extreme flood events. The description of flood processes may particularly benefit from the integrated use of recent algorithms and monitoring techniques. In fact, flood exposure and risk over large areas and in scarce data environments have always been challenging topics due to the limited information available on river basin hydrology, basin morphology, land cover, and the resulting model uncertainty. The ability of new tools to carry out intensive analyses over huge datasets allows us to produce flood studies over large extents and with a growing level of detail. The present Special Issue aims to describe the state-of-the-art on flood assessment, monitoring, and management using new algorithms, new measurement systems and EO data. More specifically, we collected a number of contributions dealing with: (1) the impact of climate change on floods; (2) real time flood forecasting systems; (3) applications of EO data for hazard, vulnerability, risk mapping, and post-disaster recovery phase; and (4) development of tools and platforms for assessment and validation of hazard/risk models. View Full-Text
Keywords: hydroinformatics; flood mapping; flood monitoring; floodplains; rivers dynamics; DEM-based methods; geomorphology; data scarce environments hydroinformatics; flood mapping; flood monitoring; floodplains; rivers dynamics; DEM-based methods; geomorphology; data scarce environments
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Manfreda, S.; Samela, C.; Refice, A.; Tramutoli, V.; Nardi, F. Advances in Large-Scale Flood Monitoring and Detection. Hydrology 2018, 5, 49.

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