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Environmental legislation imposes impact studies before any development can take place that might affect wetland. The impact studies require hydrological models in order to provide quantitative estimates of different scenarios. Whether the hydrological models be conceptual, lumped or distributed they require calibration over as long a period as possible and this creates difficulties in wetlands where few measurements have been made. However an archive of remote sensing images now exists that has the potential to provide data for this calibration once the software has been developed to exploit it. The SHYLOC project is a partnership of five organizations aiming to develop a software that can determine surface water storage in wetlands and to assess its accuracy against ground measurements and model simulations. Initial results are encouraging. A prototype system was able to determine water storage in the North Kent marshes, England, in an network of drainage ditches with an average width of 4 metres.

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Authors: SHEPHERD I M ET AL, JRC Ispra (IT);THOMPSON J R, University College London, Department of Geography (GB);ZALIDIS G, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Agriculture (GR);HADJIAKIANNAKIS S, Greek Biotope Wetland Centre, Thermi (GR);REFSGAARD A, Danish Hydraulic Institute, Hørsholm (DK)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: MedCom 1, Thessaloniki (GR); 15 March 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41293 ORA
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