Special Issue "Earth Observation for Water Resource Management in Africa"


A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Benjamin Koetz
Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency, Via Galileo Galilei, 00044 Frascati, Italy

E-Mail: Benjamin.Koetz@esa.int
Phone: +39 06 941 80 653
Fax: +39 06 941 80 552
Interests: remote sensing of ecosystem structure and processes; multi-temporal optical remote sensing for vegetation monitoring; radiative transfer modeling; fusion of multi-source data

Guest Editor
Dr. Zoltan Vekerdy
Department of Water Resources, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, Hengelosestraat 99, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands

Website: http://www.itc.nl/about_itc/resumes/vekerdy.aspx
E-Mail: z.vekerdy@utwente.nl
Interests: application of geo-information for the monitoring and management of very dynamic riverine wetlands in arid and semi-arid regions

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Massimo Menenti
Department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Stevinweg 1, 2628 CN, Delft, The Netherlands
Website: http://www.citg.tudelft.nl/en/about-faculty/departments/geoscience-and-remote-sensing/staff/personal-pages/profdr-massimo-menenti/
E-Mail: M.Menenti@tudelft.nl
Interests: land surface processes and remote sensing with emphasis on hydrology and water management

Guest Editor
Dr. Diego Fernández-Prieto
Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes, European Space Agency, Via Galileo Galilei, 00044 Frascati, Italy
E-Mail: Diego.Fernandez@esa.int
Interests: Earth observation for Earth system science and applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Reliable access to water, managing the spatial and temporal variability of water availability, ensuring the quality of freshwater and responding to climatological changes in the hydrological cycle are prerequisites for the development of countries in Africa. Water being an essential input for biomass growth and for renewable energy production (e.g. biofuels and hydropower schemes) plays an integral part in ensuring food and energy security for any nation. Water, as a source of safe drinking water, is furthermore the basis for ensuring the health of citizens and plays an important role in urban sanitation.
The concept of Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) is seen as an opportunity to help manage water variability and the wide spread water scarcity in Africa. One key component missing from IWRM in Africa is the limited knowledge of the available extent and quality of water resources at basin level. Earth Observation (EO) technology can help fill this information gap by assessing and monitoring water resources at adequate temporal and spatial scales.
The goal of this Special Issue is to understand and demonstrate the contribution which satellite observations, consistent over space and time, can bring to improve water resource management in Africa. Possible EO products and applications range from catchment characterization, water quality monitoring, soil moisture assessment, water extent and level monitoring, irrigation services, urban and agricultural water demand modeling, evapotranspiration estimation, ground water management, to hydrological modeling and flood mapping/forecasting. Some of these EO applications have already been developed by African scientists within the 10 year lifetime of the TIGER initiative: Looking after Water in Africa (http://www.tiger.esa.int), whose contributions are intended to be the starting point of this Special Issue and is only one example of the wide range of activities in the field. Contributions from the entire African and international scientific community dealing with the challenges of water resource management in Africa are the target of the special issue.
In the years to come, an ever increasing number of international EO missions, such as the Landsat, ALOS, CBERS and RESOURCESAT mission suites, the family of Sentinel missions and the SMAP mission, will provide an unprecedented capacity to observe and monitor the different components of the water cycle. This Special Issue aims also at reviewing the latest developments in terms of new missions as well as related EO products and techniques that will be available in the near future to face some of the major challenges for IWRM in Africa.

Dr. Benjamin Koetz
Dr. Zoltan Vekerdy
Prof. Dr. Massimo Menenti
Prof. Dr. Diego Fernández-Prieto
Guest Editors


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  • water resource management
  • drought
  • precipitation
  • evapotranspiration
  • flood mapping
  • surface water hydrology
  • soil moisture
  • water quality
  • hydrological modeling

Published Papers (7 papers)

Remote Sens. 2014, 6(7), 6688-6708; doi:10.3390/rs6076688 (doi registration under processing)
Received: 28 March 2014; in revised form: 24 June 2014 / Accepted: 25 June 2014 / Published: 22 July 2014
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(7), 6300-6323; doi:10.3390/rs6076300
Received: 14 April 2014; in revised form: 16 June 2014 / Accepted: 18 June 2014 / Published: 7 July 2014
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(7), 5885-5908; doi:10.3390/rs6075885
Received: 13 January 2014; in revised form: 12 June 2014 / Accepted: 16 June 2014 / Published: 25 June 2014
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(6), 5815-5851; doi:10.3390/rs6065815
Received: 18 February 2014; in revised form: 7 May 2014 / Accepted: 30 May 2014 / Published: 20 June 2014
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(6), 5387-5406; doi:10.3390/rs6065387
Received: 27 January 2014; in revised form: 3 June 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 11 June 2014
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(6), 5306-5324; doi:10.3390/rs6065306
Received: 7 February 2014; in revised form: 23 May 2014 / Accepted: 26 May 2014 / Published: 6 June 2014
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Remote Sens. 2014, 6(2), 1191-1210; doi:10.3390/rs6021191
Received: 13 November 2013; in revised form: 8 January 2014 / Accepted: 15 January 2014 / Published: 29 January 2014
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Last update: 31 March 2014

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