2nd Edition

Remote Sensing Handbook, Volume V Water, Hydrology, Floods, Snow and Ice, Wetlands, and Water Productivity

Edited By Prasad S. Thenkabail Copyright 2025
    592 Pages 143 Color & 40 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Volume V of the Remote Sensing Handbook, Second Edition, is focused on the use of remote sensing technologies for studying water resources including groundwater, floods, snow and ice, and wetlands. It discusses water productivity studies from Earth observation data characterization and modelling, mapping their successes and challenges. Chapters include remote sensing of surface water hydrology, quantitative geomorphology, river basin studies, floods, wetlands including mangroves and river deltas, groundwater studies, crop water use or actual evapotranspiration modelling and mapping, and snow and ice mapping. This thoroughly revised and updated volume draws on the expertise of a diverse array of leading international authorities in remote sensing and provides an essential resource for researchers at all levels interested in using remote sensing. It integrates discussions of remote sensing principles, data, methods, development, applications, and scientific and social context.


    • Provides the most up-to-date comprehensive coverage of remote sensing science for water resources including wetlands, floods, snow, and ice.
    • Provides comprehensive assessments of crop water use and crop water productivity modelling and mapping including evapotranspiration studies.
    • Discusses and analyzes data from old and new generation of satellites and sensors spread across 60 years.
    • Includes numerous case studies on advances and applications at local, regional, and global scale.
    • Introduces advanced methods in remote sensing such as machine learning, cloud computing, and AI.
    • Highlights scientific achievements over the last decade and provides guidance for future developments.

    This volume is an excellent resource for the entire remote sensing and GIS community. Academics, researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as practitioners, decision-makers, and policymakers, will benefit from the expertise of the professionals featured in this book, and their extensive knowledge of new and emerging trends.

    Part I: Geomorphology

     1. Geomorphological Studies from Remote Sensing

    James B. Campbell and Lynn M. Resler

     Part II: Hydrology and Water Resources

     2. Remote Sensing Technologies for Multi-scale Hydrological Studies: Advances and Perspectives

    Sadiq I. Khan, Ni-Bin Chang, Yang Hong, et al. 

     3. Groundwater Targeting Using Remote Sensing

    Santhosh Kumar Seelan

     Part III: Floods

     4. Flood Monitoring using the Integration of Remote Sensing and Complementary Techniques

    Allan S. Arnesen, Frederico T. Genofre, Marcelo P. Curtarelli, et al.

     5. Flood Studies using Synthetic Aperture Radar Data

    Sandro Martinis, Claudia Kuenzer, and André Twele

     6. Remote Sensing of Mangrove Forests

    Le Wang, Jing Miao, and Ying Lu

     Part IV: Wetlands

     7. Remote Sensing of Mangrove Wetlands

    Chandra Giri

     8. Wetland Mapping Methods and Techniques Using Multi-Sensor, Multi-Resolution Remote Sensing: Successes and Challenges

    D. R. Mishra, X. Yan, S. Ghosh, et al.

     9. Inland Valley Wetland Cultivation and Preservation for Africa’s Green and Blue Revolution using Multi-Sensor Remote Sensing

    Murali Krishna Gumma, Prasad S. Thenkabail, Pranay Panjala, et al. 

     Part V: Water Use and Water Productivity

     10. Remote Sensing of Evapotranspiration from Croplands

    Trent W. Biggs, Pamela L. Nagler, Anderson Ruhoff, et al. 

     11. Modeling and Monitoring Water Productivity by Using Geotechnologies:  Assessments in some Brazilian Agroecosystems

    Antônio Teixeira, Janice Leivas; Celina Takemura, et al. 

     Part VI: Snow and Ice

     12. Remote Sensing Mapping and Modeling of Snow Cover Parameters and Applications

    Hongjie Xie, Tiangang Liang, Xianwei Wang, et al. 

    Part VII: Summary and Synthesis for Volume V

     13. Remote Sensing Handbook, Volume V: Water Resources, Hydrology, Floods, Snow and Ice, Wetlands, and Water Productivity

    Prasad S. Thenkabail


    Dr. Prasad S. Thenkabail, Senior Scientist (ST), United States Geological Survey (USGS), is a world-recognized expert in remote sensing science with major contributions in the field for nearly 40 years. He has made the list of the world’s top 1% of scientists across 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields. Dr. Thenkabail has conducted pioneering research in hyperspectral remote sensing of vegetation, global croplands, and their water use for food security. He obtained his PhD from the Ohio State University in 1992 and has 168 peer-reviewed publications including 15 books, including this six-volume set, and over 15 major data releases such as the Landsat-derived global cropland extent product @ 30m and Landsat-derived rainfed and irrigated cropland area product @ 30 m (LGRIP30). He was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) in 2023. His scientific papers have won several awards for demonstrating world-class, highest-quality research. He was a Landsat Science Team Member (2007-2011).