IWMI Research Report – 85

The Use of Remote Sensing Data for Drought Assessment and Monitoring in Southwest Asia.


Thenkabail, Prasad Srinivas; Gamage, M. S. D. Nilantha; Smakhtin, Vladimir U. 2004. The use of remote sensing data for drought assessment and monitoring in southwest Asia. Colombo, Sri Lanka: International Water Management Institute (IWMI) v, 25p. (IWMI Research Report 85) [doi: 10.3910/2009.086]



This report describes the development of the near real-time drought monitoring and reporting system for the region, which currently includes Afghanistan, Pakistan and western parts of India. The system is based on drought-related indices derived from high-resolution remote-sensing data (MODIS). The unique feature of the study is the development of regression relationships between drought-related indices obtained from MODIS and AVHRR data, which have different pixel-resolution and optical characteristics. The goal is to make the system available, via Internet, to all stakeholders in the region.

ISBN 92-9090-575-1

ISSN 1026-0862