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Application of thermal infrared remote sensing for water quality management and monitoring in The Netherlands
Author(s): Peter B. Roeters; Hendrik Buiteveld; Roeland Allewijn
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Paper Abstract

In the Netherlands, the information need in water management is to a large extent met by water quality monitoring programs based on point measurements. Remote sensing techniques can provide additional information, as a synoptic view over larger areas. Thermal infrared remote sensing is used for water surface temperatures mapping. The potential of this technique was tested in a number of projects with thermal scanner survey flights. Results of selected case studied are presented. It was concluded that the particular value is in effluent and waste water discharge detection, stream patterns and modeling studies. Procedures for implementation were not formulated. Application of the technique is primarily in the framework of the Pollution of Surface Waters Act. Evaluation has shown that implementation at user's level requires (near) real time detection of discharges followed by rapid action by ground control teams. These requirements can be met by using the new remote sensing airplane of the Netherlands Coast Guard. Results of a test program in the summer of 1993 are expected to show that this airplane using thermal infrared remote sensing is a powerful instrument in enforcement of environmental legislation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1993
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2020, Infrared Technology XIX, (1 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.160546
Show Author Affiliations
Peter B. Roeters, Rijkswaterstaat Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment (Netherlands)
Hendrik Buiteveld, Rijkswaterstaat Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment (Netherlands)
Roeland Allewijn, Rijkswaterstaat Institute for Inland Water Management and Waste Water Treatment (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2020:
Infrared Technology XIX
Bjorn F. Andresen; Freeman D. Shepherd, Editor(s)

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