Water is essential to life for humans and their food crops, and for ecosystems. Effective water management requires tracking the inflow, outflow, quantity and quality of ground-water and surface water, much like balancing a bank account. Currently, networks of ground-based instruments measure these in individual locations, while airborne and satellite sensors measure them over larger areas. Recent technological innovations offer unprecedented possibilities to integrate space, air, and land observations to advance water science and guide management decisions. This book concludes that in order to realize the potential of integrated data, agencies, universities, and the private sector must work together to develop new kinds of sensors, test them in field studies, and help users to apply this information to real problems.
Table of Contents
|2 Sensing from the Molecular to the Global Scale: New Opportunities and Challenges||22-61|
|3 Integrating Observations, Models, and Users||62-77|
|4 Case Studies on Integrated Observatories for Hydrological and Related Sciences||78-142|
|5 Synthesis, Challenges, and Recommendations||143-160|
|Appendix A; Key Water Science Research Questions and Challenges||181-186|
|Appendix B: Planning, Designing, Operating, and Utilizing the Results from an Integrated Observational-Modeling System||187-190|
|Appendix C: A Complementary National Research Council Study on Earth Science and Applications from Space||191-192|
|Appendix D: Biographical Sketches Committee on Integrated Observations for Hydrologic and Related Sciences||193-198|
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