Ground-water applications of remote sensing

Open-File Report 82-240



Remote sensing can be used as a tool to inventory springs and seeps and to interpret lithology, structure, and ground-water occurrence and quality. Thermograms are the best images for inventory of seeps and springs. The steps in aquifer mapping are image analysis and interpretation and ground-water interpretation. A ground-water interpretation is derived from a conceptual geologic model by inferring aquifer characteristics and water salinity. The image selection process is very important for obtaining maximum geologic and hydrologic information from remotely sensed data. Remote sensing can contribute an image base map or geologic and hydrologic parameters, derived from the image, to the multiple data sets in a hydrologic information system. Various merging and integration techniques may then be used to obtain information from these data sets.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Ground-water applications of remote sensing
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 82-240
DOI 10.3133/ofr82240
Year Published 1982
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description iv, 55 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N