Special Issue "Remote Sensing for Flood Mapping and Monitoring of Flood Dynamics"
A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Remote Sensing in Geology, Geomorphology and Hydrology".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)
Dr. Guy J.-P. Schumann
Remote Sensing Solutions Inc., Monrovia, CA 91016, USA/University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Interests: flood hazard; flood inundation modeling; remote sensing of floods; large scale; flood disaster assistance
We are, unfortunately, aware of the significant socio-economic impacts associated with floods. According to the International Disaster Database (EM-DAT), floods represent the most frequent and most impacting, in terms of the number of people affected, among the weather-related disasters: nearly 0.8 billion people were affected by inundations in the last decade (2006–2015), while the overall economic damage is estimated to be more than $300 billion. Despite this evidence, and the awareness of the environmental role of rivers and their inundation, our knowledge and modelling capacity of flood dynamics remain poor, mainly related to the availability of measurements and ancillary data.
In this context, remote sensing represents a value source of data and observations that may alleviate the decline in field surveys and gauging stations, especially in remote areas and developing countries. The implementation of remotely-sensed variables (such as digital elevation model, river width, flood extent, water level, land cover, etc.) in hydraulic modelling promises to considerably improve our process understanding and prediction and during the last decades, an increasing amount of research has been undertaken to better exploit the potential of current and future satellite observations. In particular, in recent years, the scientific community has shown how remotely sensed variables have the potential to play a key role in the calibration and validation of hydraulic models, as well as provide a breakthrough in real-time flood monitoring applications. However, except for a few pioneering studies, the potential of remotely sensed data to enhance flood modelling has not yet been fully enough explored, and the use of such data for operational flood mapping is far away from being consolidated. In this scenario, the forthcoming satellite missions dedicated to global water surfaces monitoring will enhance the quality, as well as the spatial and temporal coverage, of remotely sensed data, thus offering new frontiers and opportunities to enhance the understanding of flood dynamics and our capability to map their extents.
This Special Issue aims to collect studies and experiences aimed at aiding and advancing flood monitoring and mapping through remotely sensed data. The list below provides a general (but not exhaustive) overview of the topics that are solicited for this Special Issue:
- Remote sensing data for flood hazard and risk mapping;
- Remote sensing techniques to monitor flood dynamics;
- The use of remotely sensed data for the calibration, or validation, of hydrological or hydraulic models;
- Data assimilation (DA) of remotely sensed data into hydrological and hydraulic models;
- Improvement of river discretization and monitoring by means of satellite based observations;
- River flows estimation by means of remote sensed observations.
- River and flood dynamics estimation from satellite (especially time lag, flow velocity, etc.)
Dr. Alessio Domeneghetti
Dr. Guy J.-P. Schumann
Dr. Angelica Tarpanelli
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- Rivers Dynamics
- Surface Water
- Remote Sensing
- Flood Mapping
- Flood Monitoring
- Hazard Mapping
- Hydrodynamic Modeling