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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7(6), 220; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi7060220

HidroMap: A New Tool for Irrigation Monitoring and Management Using Free Satellite Imagery

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Department of Cartographic and Land Engineering, University of Salamanca, Hornos Caleros 50, 05003 Ávila, Spain
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Institute for Regional Development (IDR), University of Castilla-La Mancha, Campus Universitario s/n, 02071 Albacete, Spain
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Regional Centre of Water Research (CREA), University of Castilla-La Mancha, Carretera de las Peñas km 3200, 02071 Albacete, Spain
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Received: 7 May 2018 / Revised: 31 May 2018 / Accepted: 12 June 2018 / Published: 15 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Free and Open Source Tools for Geospatial Analysis and Mapping)
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Proper control and planning of water resource use, especially in those catchments with large surface, climatic variability and intensive irrigation activity, is essential for a sustainable water management. Decision support systems based on useful tools involving main stakeholders and hydrological planning offices of the river basins play a key role. The free availability of Earth observation products with high temporal resolution, such as the European Sentinel-2B, has allowed us to combine remote sensing with cadastral and agronomic data. This paper introduces HidroMap to the scientific community, an open source tool as a geographic information system (GIS) organized in two different modules, desktop-GIS and web-GIS, with complementary functions and based on PostgreSQL/PostGIS database. Through an effective methodology HidroMap allows monitoring irrigation activity, managing unregulated irrigation, and optimizing available fluvial surveillance resources using satellite imagery. This is possible thanks to the automatic download, processing and storage of satellite products within field data provided by the River Surveillance Agency (RSA) and the Hydrological Planning Office (HPO). The tool was successfully validated in Duero Hydrographic Basin along the 2017 summer irrigation period. In conclusion, HidroMap comprised an important support tool for water management tasks and decision making tackled by Duero Hydrographic Confederation which can be adapted to any additional need and transferred to other river basin organizations. View Full-Text
Keywords: remote sensing; irrigation; satellite imagery; landsat-8; sentinel-2; NDVI; desktop-GIS; web-GIS; software development remote sensing; irrigation; satellite imagery; landsat-8; sentinel-2; NDVI; desktop-GIS; web-GIS; software development
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Piedelobo, L.; Ortega-Terol, D.; del Pozo, S.; Hernández-López, D.; Ballesteros, R.; Moreno, M.A.; Molina, J.-L.; González-Aguilera, D. HidroMap: A New Tool for Irrigation Monitoring and Management Using Free Satellite Imagery. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2018, 7, 220.

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