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Remote Sensing of Water Environments

Remote sensing approaches in freshwater research and management have proliferated rapidly in the last decade. Technological advances have made it more feasible and cost-effective to use these techniques in basic and applied science. Satellite-based imagery is higher in spatial, temporal, and spectral resolution and is now widely available at little or no cost, making it accessible to a broad range of scientists and practitioners. High-resolution topographic data from light detection and ranging (lidar) is rapidly replacing photogrammetrically derived topographic maps throughout much of the world. Dramatic increases in the stability, ease of use, and affordability of drones mounted with compact imagers in visible, near infrared, and thermal bands is revolutionizing spatial analysis of freshwaters. These new tools and approaches make it possible to address scientific questions and management challenges that were beyond the reach of water resources professionals in the past. Moreover, the ability to visualize spatial patterns in freshwater environments and how they change over time has led to a whole new way of perceiving water environments as “riverscapes”. This collection highlights WIREs Water articles that contribute to this rapidly advancing area of analysis and application.

Monitoring the effectiveness of floodplain habitat restoration: A review of methods and recommendations for future monitoring
Advanced Review
WIREs Water
Published Online: Jun 03 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1355
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Forensic analysis of flash flood response
Primer
WIREs Water
Published Online: Feb 07 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1338
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Commercial microwave link networks for rainfall observation: Assessment of the current status and future challenges
Advanced Review
WIREs Water
Published Online: Feb 16 2019
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1337
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Let's get connected: A new graph theory‐based approach and toolbox for understanding braided river morphodynamics
Advanced Review
WIREs Water
Published Online: Jul 08 2018
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1296
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Opportunistic remote sensing of rainfall using microwave links from cellular communication networks
Primer
WIREs Water
Published Online: Apr 06 2018
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1289
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GPS interferometric reflectometry: applications to surface soil moisture, snow depth, and vegetation water content in the western United States
Overview
WIREs Water
Published Online: Jul 01 2016
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1167
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A review of remote sensing based actual evapotranspiration estimation
Advanced Review
WIREs Water
Published Online: Jul 01 2016
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1168
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Beyond elite control: residential reservoirs at Caracol, Belize
Focus Article
WIREs Water
Published Online: Jul 06 2016
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1171
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Drought indicators revisited: the need for a wider consideration of environment and society
Overview
WIREs Water
Published Online: May 11 2016
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1154
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Estimating the spatial distribution of snow water equivalent in the world's mountains
Advanced Review
WIREs Water
Published Online: Feb 18 2016
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1140
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A practitioner's guide to thermal infrared remote sensing of rivers and streams: recent advances, precautions and considerations
Advanced Review
WIREs Water
Published Online: Jan 25 2016
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1135
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Particle tracers and image analysis for surface flow observations
Overview
WIREs Water
Published Online: Sep 17 2015
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1116
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Emerging methods for noninvasive sensing of soil moisture dynamics from field to catchment scale: a review
Advanced Review
WIREs Water
Published Online: Jun 26 2015
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1097
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Satellite remote sensing of large lakes and reservoirs: from elevation and area to storage
Focus Article
WIREs Water
Published Online: Feb 02 2015
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1065
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Characterizing geomorphological change to support sustainable river restoration and management
Advanced Review
WIREs Water
Published Online: Jul 24 2014
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1037
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