Earth Observation for Flood Applications

Earth Observation for Flood Applications

Progress and Perspectives

1st Edition - May 21, 2021

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  • Editor: Guy Schumann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194126
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128194133

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Earth Observation for Flood Applications: Progress and Perspectives describes the latest scientific advances in Earth Observation. With recent floods around the world becoming ever more devastating, there is a need for better science enabling more effective solutions at a fast pace. This book aims at stretching from the current flood mapping to diverse real data so as to estimate the flood risk and damage. Earth Observation for Flood Applications: Progress and Perspectives includes three parts containing each a separate but complementary topic area under floods. Each chapter unfolds various applications, case studies, and illustrative graphics. In terms of flood mapping and monitoring, the usage of multi-sensor satellite data, web-services information, microwave remote sensing methods are discussed in depth. So, this book is a valuable resource for scientists, researchers, and students in the area of earth observation.

Key Features

  • Focuses in on one specific application field of Earth Observation
  • Brings the latest scientific advances and perspectives from experts around the world
  • Includes extensive figures, tables, and case studies to illustrate real-life applications


Hydrology (in general), Remote Sensing, Flood risk management, Planning, Flood response

Table of Contents

  • Section 1. Monitoring and Modeling Flood Processes and Hazards
    1. Earth Observation for Flood Applications: Progress and Perspectives
    2. An Automatic System for Near-Real Time Flood Extent and Duration Mapping Based on Multi-Sensor Satellite Data 
    3. Flood Mapping with Passive Microwave Remote Sensing: Current Capabilities and Directions for Future Development
    4. River Flood Modeling and Remote Sensing Across Scales: Lessons from Brazil
    5. Using the Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission Data to Estimate River Bathymetry and Channel Roughness

    Section 2. Estimating Flood Exposure, Damage and Risk
    6. From Cloud to Refugee Camp: A Satellite-Based Flood Analytics Case-Study in Congo-Brazzaville
    7. DFO—Flood Observatory
    8. How Earth Observation Informs the Activities of the Re/Insurance Industry on Managing Flood Risk
    9. Flood Detection and Monitoring with EO Data Tools and Systems

    Section 3. Emerging Applications and Challenges
    10. Emerging Remote Sensing Technologies for Flood Applications
    11. Earth Observations for Anticipatory Action: Case Studies in Hydrometeorological Hazards
    12. Earth Observation and Hydraulic Data Assimilation for Improved Flood Inundation Forecasting
    13. Artificial Intelligence for Flood Observation
    14. The Full Potential of EO for Flood Applications: Managing Expectations
    15. Emerging Techniques in Machine Learning for Processing Satellite Images of Floods
    16. Merged AMSR-E/AMSR-2 and GPM Passive Microwave Radiometry for Measuring River Floods, Runoff, and Ice Cover

Product details

  • No. of pages: 385
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: May 21, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128194126
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128194133

About the Editor

Guy Schumann

Dr. Guy Schumann is the founder and a principal scientist at RSS-Hydro. Dr. Schumann is also a Research Fellow at Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol and an affiliate at the Dartmouth Flood Observatory (DFO), INSTAAR at the University of Colorado Boulder, CO. He received both the MSc (Remote Sensing) and PhD (Geography) degrees from the University of Dundee (United Kingdom) in 2005 and 2008, respectively. Dr. Schumann has more than 15 years of experience in the field of remote sensing data integration with hydrodynamic modeling and particularly radar remote sensing and its use in flood models. Dr. Schumann has over 150 publications, including papers, book chapters, and edited books. Most of his current work and projects focusing on simulating river hydrodynamics and floodplain inundation and integration with remote sensing. Dr. Schumann is also involved in the Interoperability Program activities of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Bristol (UK), Remote Sensing Solutions, Inc. (USA)

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