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Study the impact of rainfall on the United Arab Emirates dams using remote sensing and image processing techniques
Author(s): Fatima A. Al Marzouqi; Shaikha A. Al Besher; Saeed H. Al Mansoori
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Paper Abstract

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has given great attention to the environment and sustainable development through applications of best practices of global standards that ensure optimal investment in natural resources. Since the UAE is located in an arid region which is known as dry, sandy and get a small amount of rainfall, thus the water resources are limited and accordingly, the government has initiated an integrated water resources management (IWRM) strategy to meet the increasing demands of water. Dams are considered as one of the important strategies that are suitable for this arid region. An event of rainfall if between heavy to severe in a short duration could cause flash floods and damages to population centers and areas of agriculture nearby. To prevent that from happening, several dams and barriers were built to protect human life and infrastructure. Besides contribution to enhance the water resources and use them optimally to irrigate the growing agricultural areas across the country. Geographically, most of the dams were located in the northern and eastern part of the UAE, around mountainous areas. This study aims to monitor the changes that occurred to five dams of the north-eastern region of the UAE during 2015 and 2016 through the use of remote sensing technology of optical images captured by "DubaiSat-2". The segmentation approach utilized in this study is based on a band ratio technique called Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI). The experimental results revealed that the proposed approach is efficient in detecting dams from multispectral satellite images.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10421, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIX, 104211M (2 November 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2278509
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Fatima A. Al Marzouqi, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Ctr. (United Arab Emirates)
Shaikha A. Al Besher, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Ctr. (United Arab Emirates)
Saeed H. Al Mansoori, Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Ctr. (United Arab Emirates)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10421:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XIX
Christopher M. U. Neale; Antonino Maltese, Editor(s)

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