Monitoring reservoirs' water level from space for flood control applications. A case study in the Italian Alpine region


L. Cenci, G. Boni, L. Pulvirenti, G. Squicciarino, S. Gabellani, F. Gardella, N. Pierdicca, and M. Chini


in 37th Annual IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2017, Fort Worth, United States; 23-28 July, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), vol. 2017-July, art. no. 8128279, pp. 5617-5620, 2017


The objective of this research was to develop a method for water level retrieval in natural and artificial lakes. It was thought to be applied for monitoring purposes and flood control applications, especially in data-scarce environments. The method is based on a combined GIS, remote sensing and statistical modeling approach. It was tested on both optical (Landsat 8) and SAR (Cosmo-SkyMed®) data. The topographic information, required by the method, were obtained from freely available digital elevation models (SRTM and ASTER) to compare their performances. The Place Moulin Lake, an Alpine reservoir, was selected as study area since it represents a very challenging case study for developing the proposed methodology. The results showed that: i) the method provided reasonably accurate results when the degree of filling of the reservoir was high. ii) The accuracy of the results strongly relied on the accuracy of the topographic information. iii) The combination of Cosmo-SkyMed® and SRTM data provided more reliable results. Further analyses are required to evaluate the method in different environmental conditions. 



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