An Application of Remote Sensing to Distributed Hydrologic Simulation

by N. Kouwen, Univ of Waterloo, Canada,
E. D. Soulis, Univ of Waterloo, Canada,
A. Pietroniro, Univ of Waterloo, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Watershed Planning and Analysis in Action


Hydrologic processes affecting flood flows occur primarily at the surface of the earth. Furthermore, the role of vegetation on the hydrologic response is very important in flood flow forecasting. Remotely sensed land cover characteristics can thus be used for separate modelling of the rainfall-runoff process for each of the hydrologically significant surface classes of a watershed. It is shown that within a geographically similar area, hydrologic parameters for a particular land cover are transferable from basin to basin.

Subject Headings: Remote sensing | Hydrology | Basins | Hydrologic models | Rain water | Flow simulation | Overland flow | Forecasting

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