Monitoring watershed drought conditions through the landsat imagery interpretation

Li Ruopu, Zhao Leiming, Haigh Tonya, Tang Zhenghong

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Lake area is one of the most important hydrologie indicators of drought in the ApalachicolaChattahoochee-Flint (ACF) watershed. However, conducting a field survey of lake areas over a large region is usually infeasible and costly. The Landsat satellite imagery with moderate spatial, spectral and temporal resolutions has the capacity to quantify lake areas. This paper demonstrated two methods unsupervised classification and a-Modified Normalized Difference Water Index (MNDWI(a)) - to estimate the lake water area in ACF watershed. The estimated lake areas were used to correlate other hydrologie factors like precipitation. The results showed better performance of unsupervised classification than MNDWI. No correlation between accumulated precipitation and lake area fluctuation was detected, indicating more complex hydrologie mechanism existing in the large river basin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalDisaster Advances
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • A-modified normalized difference water index (mndwi(a))
  • Landsat
  • Unsupervised classification
  • Watershed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)


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