Author: Alain Vidal, France
Year: 2000, ISBN: 81-85068-72-0
Type: Special Publication, Format: Print
Satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems have been used for several years with various degrees of success in irrigation system management. There is an urgent need to provide irrigation and drainage managers and professionals with a guide that allows them to understand and master these tools, and to evaluate their appropriateness to their specific management problems. This methodological guide was initiated by AFEID (Association Francaise pour l?Etude des Irrigations et du Drainage) for the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage. It has now been published after several years of collaborative effort at national and international levels, and aims to fill the information gap previously identified. Following the introduction which provides the reader with an overview of how to use the guide depending on their needs, the main text is structured into three sections: the basic elements on remote sensing and on its integration into GIS; a methodology for establishing geographic information base for an irrigation system, which represents a consensus of opinion in the AFEID working group; and examples of applications of remote sensing and GIS.