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Application of Remote Sensing to Flood and Drought Analysis, Monitoring and Risk Management

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2024 | Viewed by 1038

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Interests: precipitation science; remote sensing of precipitation; extreme precipitation events
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Dear colleagues,

Floods and droughts are two of the most devastating natural hazards affecting populations, property and infrastructure. The World Bank estimates that at least 1.65 billion people have been affected by floods and 1.43 billion by droughts in the last two decades. Economic losses and damages are also significant, averaging USD 178 billion per year. Climate change is expected to increase the frequency and intensity of these events, making it more important than ever to develop effective strategies for their monitoring and management.

Remote sensing (RS) has become an essential tool for assessing these hydro-climatic risks, providing timely and accurate information on their extent, severity, and impact over large areas and at regular intervals. This information can be used to support a variety of activities, including (1) climate monitoring; (2) early warning systems; (3) emergency response; (4) recovery efforts; and (5) risk assessment and management.

This Special Issue welcomes papers that deal primarily with RS applied to hydro-climate risks, but also use modeling and ground observations for illustrative purposes (e.g., validation). Manuscripts on applications of RS to the study of single events and regional analysis will also be welcome. Case studies and papers on early warning, monitoring, and disaster management are also welcome.

The scope of this Special Issue is very broad, and there are many other topics that could be relevant to this SI, including insurance, agriculture, infrastructure, and human health.

Dr. Andrés Navarro
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  • precipitation
  • floods
  • droughts
  • extreme precipitation events
  • natural hazards
  • hydrology

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Response of Ecosystem Carbon–Water Fluxes to Extreme Drought in West Asia
by Karam Alsafadi, Bashar Bashir, Safwan Mohammed, Hazem Ghassan Abdo, Ali Mokhtar, Abdullah Alsalman and Wenzhi Cao
Remote Sens. 2024, 16(7), 1179; - 28 Mar 2024
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Global warming has resulted in increases in the intensity, frequency, and duration of drought in most land areas at the regional and global scales. Nevertheless, comprehensive understanding of how water use efficiency (WUE), gross primary production (GPP), and actual evapotranspiration (AET)-induced water losses [...] Read more.
Global warming has resulted in increases in the intensity, frequency, and duration of drought in most land areas at the regional and global scales. Nevertheless, comprehensive understanding of how water use efficiency (WUE), gross primary production (GPP), and actual evapotranspiration (AET)-induced water losses respond to exceptional drought and whether the responses are influenced by drought severity (DS) is still limited. Herein, we assess the fluctuation in the standardized precipitation evapotranspiration index (SPEI) over the Middle East from 1982 to 2017 to detect the drought events and further examine standardized anomalies of GPP, WUE, and AET responses to multiyear exceptional droughts, which are separated into five groups designed to characterize the severity of extreme drought. The intensification of the five drought events (based on its DS) increased the WUE, decreased the GPP and AET from D5 to D1, where both the positive and negative variance among the DS group was statistically significant. The results showed that the positive values of standardized WUE with the corresponding values of the negative GPP and AET were dominant (44.3% of the study area), where the AET values decreased more than the GPP, and the WUE fluctuation in this region is mostly controlled by physical processes, i.e., evaporation. Drought’s consequences on ecosystem carbon-water interactions ranged significantly among eco-system types due to the unique hydrothermal conditions of each biome. Our study indicates that forthcoming droughts, along with heightened climate variability, pose increased risks to semi-arid and sub-humid ecosystems, potentially leading to biome restructuring, starting with low-productivity, water-sensitive grasslands. Our assessment of WUE enhances understanding of water-carbon cycle linkages and aids in projecting ecosystem responses to climate change. Full article
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