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Remote Sensing for the Quantification of Land Surface Dynamics in Large River Delta Regions - A Review

Kuenzer, Claudia and Heimhuber, Valentin and Huth, Juliane and Dech, Stefan (2019) Remote Sensing for the Quantification of Land Surface Dynamics in Large River Delta Regions - A Review. Remote Sensing, 11(17), pp. 1-42. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/rs11171985. ISSN 2072-4292.

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River deltas and estuaries belong to the most significant coastal landforms on our planet and are usually very densely populated. Nearly 600 million people live in river deltas, benefiting from the large variety of locational advantages and rich resources. Deltas are highly dynamic and vulnerable environments that are exposed to a wide range of natural and man-made threats. Sustainable management of river deltas therefore requires a holistic assessment of historic and recent ongoing changes and the dynamics in settlement sprawl, land cover and land use change, ecosystem development, as well as river and coastline geomorphology, all of which is difficult to achieve solely with traditional land-based surveying techniques. This review paper presents the potential of Earth Observation for analyses and quantification of land surface dynamics in the large river deltas globally, emphasizing the different geo-information products that can be derived from medium resolution, high resolution and highest resolution optical, multispectral, thermal and SAR data. Over 200 journal papers on remote sensing related studies for large river deltas and estuaries have been analyzed and categorized into thematic fields such as river course morphology, coastline changes, erosion and accretion processes, flood and inundation dynamics, regional land cover and land use dynamics, as well as the monitoring of compliance with respect to anthropogenic activity such as industry expansion-related habitat destruction. Additionally, our own exemplary analyses are interwoven into the review to visualize related delta work

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/129245/
Document Type:Article
Title:Remote Sensing for the Quantification of Land Surface Dynamics in Large River Delta Regions - A Review
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Heimhuber, ValentinInstitute for Geography and Geology, University of WuerzburgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Huth, JulianeUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1453-6629UNSPECIFIED
Date:22 August 2019
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1-42
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Series Name:Environmental Remote Sensing
Keywords:River deltas; delta; coasts; estuaries; Earth observation; remote sensing; review; flooding; land use; subsidence; stakeholder
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote Sensing and Geo Research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface Dynamics
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Leitungsbereich DFD
Deposited By: Varga, Monica-Marieta
Deposited On:07 Oct 2019 11:29
Last Modified:31 Oct 2023 14:01

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