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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Leveraging Remote Sensing, Land Surface Modeling and Ground-based Observations ... Variables within Heterogeneous Agricultural Landscapes

Location: Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory

Title: Groundwater inventory and monitoring technical guide: Remote sensing of groundwater

Authors
item Lang, Megan -
item ANDERSON, MARTHA
item Beeson, Peter
item In-Young, Yeo -

Submitted to: Government Publication/Report
Publication Type: Government Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: November 21, 2012
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: The application of remotely sensed data in conjunction with in situ data greatly enhances the ability of the USDA Forest Service to meet the demands of field staff, customers, and others for groundwater information. Generally, the use of remotely sensed data to inventory and monitor groundwater resources directly supports the USDA Forest Service’s obligation to: 1) conserve, protect, and restore watersheds, water, listed biota, and safeguard biodiversity; 2) assess and disclose the impacts of current and future management actions, and 3) support USDA Forest Service decision making through the use of best available science and data. Although most remotely sensed data have a limited ability to penetrate the Earth’s surface and directly detect the storage or movement of groundwater, they can be used to provide meaningful information regarding groundwater resources by detecting indicators of groundwater recharge and discharge, boundary conditions, geologic controls, and groundwater dependent ecosystems when combined with in situ data. This report reviews current and potential applications of remotely sensed data to support development of an enhanced groundwater inventorying and monitoring protocol within the USDA Forest Service.

Last Modified: 8/19/2014
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