Satellite Imagery Refines PMF Determination

by Carson Mettel, Mead & Hunt, Inc, Madison, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources

Abstract: This paper focuses on electromagnetic energy sensors, and describes how they are being used to determine the Probable Maximum Flood (PMF) for a drainage basin in Michigan. Remote sensing is comprised of two major components: data acquisition and data analysis. This paper begins with a look at the fundamentals of remote sensing, followed by a brief description of alternative data sources. This article then describes the aforementioned example of how this technology, along with Geographic Information System (GIS) technology is being applied to a specific hydrologic problem, determining the Probable Maximum Precipitation (PMF).

Subject Headings: Aerial photography | Data collection | Geographic information systems | Remote sensing | Data analysis | Information systems | Floods | Drainage basins | Precipitation | Michigan | North America | United States

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