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Abstract

WATER RESOURCES are essential for human life, agricultural resources, cattle breeding and hydroelectric power generation. Scarcity of water resources is frequent in many developing countries due generally to adverse climatic conditions. In some cases, the distribution of water resources during the year has a tremendous variation. In addition, river floods generally useful for irrigated crops can become natural disasters when they exceed a certain importance. In order to collect, distribute water resources and ensure economic efficiency, it is necessary to develop management rules. Remote Sensing is a tool permitting accurate and real time evaluation, continuous monitoring or surveillance, and forecast of inland water resources. In remote areas, remote sensing can replace conventional measurements. In case of natural disasters, remote sensing may offer also a mean of saving lifes and forecast of consequences. An example of the use of remote sensing data for agricultural management along the Niger river will be given. Another example concerning the management of groundwater resources in Southern Italy will also be given.

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Authors: FRAYSSE G JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY), JRC ISPRA ESTAB. (ITALY)
Bibliographic Reference: UN/FAO INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE ON APPLICATIONS OF SATELLITE REMOTE SENSING TO WATER RESOURCES, ROMA (ITALY), OCT. 5, 1983 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 31263 ORA
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Record Number: 1989122042500 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en