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Water Resource Management Using NASA Earth Science Data

NASA Earth Observatory images by Robert Simmon, using Landsat 8 data from the USGS Earth Explorer.
Registration Closes: 
Thursday, March 17, 2016

This five week course covers precipitation (rainfall and snow fraction), soil moisture, evapotranspiratoin, runoff and streamflow, groundwater, and lake level heights. Attendees are introduced to a number of NASA data products.  

Learning Objectives: 

Attendees will be able to use NASA remote sensing observations and land-atmosphere models to: 

  • Access global freshwater data for applications in drought, agricultural, flooding and reservoir management
  • Conduct a GIS-based analysis of regional water budgets
Course Format: 
  • Five one-hour sessions
  • Introductory Webinar - no remote sensing experience required

No previous remote sensing experience is required for this training. 

Registration Information: 

This webinar is free, but you must register for each session before viewing the recording. 

Session One: NASA Satellite Missions and Land-Atmosphere Models Relevant to Water Resource Management

An overview of the ARSET program; an overview of water resource management; satellites and earth science models useful for water resource management; water resource data search, access, analysis and visualization tools; and water resource data applications. View the recording »

Session Two: Overview of Precipitation and Soil Moisture Data

Precipitation data products from GPM and TRMM, snow cover data from MODIS (Terra and Aqua), and an overview of soil moisture data from SMAP. View the recording »

Session Three: Overview of Runoff, Streamflow and Reservoir Level Data

An overview of runoff and streamflow data and access, as well as lake level height data and access. View the recording »

Session Four: Overview of Evapotranspiration and Ground Water Data, Featuring Guest Speaker: Brian F. Thomas

The importance of evapotranspiration (ET), challenges of measuring ET, benefits and opportunities of using remote sensing for ET, methods of deriving ET using remote sensing, GRACE satellites, global groundwater stress, site-specific examples, and uncertainty in global groundwater storage. View the recording »



Session Five: Regional Water Budget Estimation and Water Resource Data Applications

An overview of land data assimilation models, a GIS demonstration, training summary and important announcements. View the recording »

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