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Author National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Integrated Observations for Hydrologic and Related Sciences.

Title Integrating multiscale observations of U.S. waters / Committee on Integrated Observations for Hydrologic and Related Sciences, Water Science and Technology Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies
Published Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 198 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Sensing from the Molecular to the Global Scale: New Opportunities and Challenges -- Integrating Observations, Models, and Users -- Case Studies on Integrated Observatories for Hydrological and Related Sciences -- Synthesis, Challenges, and Recommendations
Summary "Water is essential to life for humans and their food crops, and for ecosystems. Effective water management requires tracking the inflow, outflow, quantity and quality of ground-water and surface water, much like balancing a bank account. Currently, networks of ground-based instruments measure these in individual locations, while airborne and satellite sensors measure them over larger areas. Recent technological innovations offer unprecedented possibilities to integrate space, air, and land observations to advance water science and guide management decisions. This book concludes that in order to realize the potential of integrated data, agencies, universities, and the private sector must work together to develop new kinds of sensors, test them in field studies, and help users to apply this information to real problems"--Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-180)
Notes Print version record
Subject Artificial satellites in earth sciences -- United States.
Artificial satellites in oceanography -- United States.
Data warehousing -- United States.
Database management -- United States.
Earth sciences -- Remote sensing.
Environmental monitoring -- United States -- Data processing.
Stream measurements -- United States.
Water quality -- United States -- Measurement.
Form Electronic book
Author National Research Council (U.S.). Water Science and Technology Board.
ISBN 0309114586 (electronic bk.)
9780309114585 (electronic bk.)