Paper No. C0178 of the Water Resources Bulletin. Discussions are open until December 1, 1978.
HYDROLOGICAL APPLICATIONS OF LANDSAT IMAGERY USED IN THE STUDY OF THE 1973 INDUS RIVER FLOOD, PAKISTAN†
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume 14, Issue 2, pages 261–274, April 1978
How to Cite
Deutsch, M. and Ruggles, F. H. (1978), HYDROLOGICAL APPLICATIONS OF LANDSAT IMAGERY USED IN THE STUDY OF THE 1973 INDUS RIVER FLOOD, PAKISTAN. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 14: 261–274. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-1688.1978.tb02165.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
- remote sensing;
- multispectral scanner;
- optical data processing;
- Indus River Basin;
ABSTRACT: During August and September 1973, the Indus River Valley of Pakistan experienced one of the largest floods on record, resulting in damages to homes, businesses, public works, and crops amounting to millions of rupees. Tremendous areas of lowlands were inundated along the Indus River and major tributaries. Landsat data made it possible to easily measure the extent of flooding, totaling about 20,000 km2 within an area of about 400,000 km2 south from the Punjab to the Arabian Sea.
The Indus River data were used to continue experimentation in the development of rapid, accurate, and inexpensive optical techniques of flood mapping by satellite begun in 1973 for the Mississipi River floods. The research work on the Indus River not resulted in the development of more effective procedures for optical processing of flood data and synoptically depicting flooding, but also provided potentially valuable ancillary information concerning the hydrology of much of the Indus River Basin.