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Flood and Drought Applications

This webinar includes an overview of NASA data for water resource management applications; the fundamentals of NASA satellite remote sensing and modeling; data for monitoring extreme participation, flooding and drought; and web-based tools for data and image access.

Learning Objectives: 

Attendees will be able to access and analyze NASA remote sensing data for flood and drought applications.

Course Format: 
  • Five one-hour sessions
  • Introductory Webinar
Prerequisites: 

No previous remote sensing required

Audience: 

This course is intended for individuals at the local, state and federal level, NGOs, international management agencies and private sector organizations interested in flood and drought applications. 

Registration Information: 

Recordings are unavailable for this webinar series, but you may download the presentation slides and supporting documents.

Session One: Course Outline, Data Requirements for Flood and Drought Monitoring, Overview of NASA Data from Satellites, Atmosphere and Land Models

An overview of the fundamentals of satellite remote sensing, an introduction to atmospheric and land models, and advantages and limitations of satellite and model-derived data.

Session Two: Introduction to Rain, Temperature, Humidity, and Wind Data

Descriptions of satellites and sensors for rain observations, a description of model-derived temperature, humidity, and winds, and examples of data applications.

Session Three: Overview of Web-based Tools for Data Access and Imaging

Where and how to get data for flood and drought monitoring, and spatial-temporal selection and display of data using the Giovanni tool.

Session Four: Evapotranspiration (ET) Data

An overview of evapotranspiration (ET) data, advantages and limitations of different approaches to derive ET, and examples of data applications. 

Session Five: Case Studies of Floods and Droughts over the US, Asia, and Africa

Extreme rain events and associated weather conditions, inundation, flood potential, and landslide potential mapping, and drought index monitoring. 

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