ERTS imagery for ground-water investigations

Ground Water
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ERTS imagery offers the first opportunity to apply moderately high-resolution satellite data to the nationwide study of water resources. This imagery is both a tool and a form of basic data. Like other tools and basic data, it should be considered for use in ground-water investigations. The main advantage of its use will be to reduce the need for field work. In addition, however, broad regional features may be seen easily on ERTS imagery, whereas they would be difficult or impossible to see on the ground or on low-altitude aerial photographs.

Some present and potential uses of ERTS imagery are to locate new aquifers, to study aquifer recharge and discharge, to estimate ground-water pumpage for irrigation, to predict the location and type of aquifer management problems, and to locate and monitor strip mines which commonly are sources for acid mine drainage. In many cases, boundaries which are gradational on the ground appear to be sharp on ERTS imagery. Initial results indicate that the accuracy of maps produced from ERTS imagery is completely adequate for some purposes.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title ERTS imagery for ground-water investigations
Series title Ground Water
DOI 10.1111/j.1745-6584.1975.tb03079.x
Volume 13
Issue 2
Year Published 1975
Language English
Publisher Water Well Journal Pub. Co.
Publisher location Worthington, OH
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 13 p.
First page 214
Last page 226
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