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Application of Satellite Data on Water Pollution: An Intensive Review

J. Dey1,2 and R. Vijay1 *

  1. Wastewater Technology Division, CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur 440020, India
  2. Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR), Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh 201002, India

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Evaluation of water pollution is a priority work nowadays. The signature of the waterbody reveals its excellence or mediocrity and reflectance that can measure by a sensor used to analyse the health status of the waterbody. The remote sensing analysis has become the latest state of art technologies for monitoring large-scale waterbodies. High-resolution satellite data are now available to estimate water pollution through various water quality parameters like clarity, chlorophyll, suspended solids, turbidity, temperature, salinity, organic matter, etc. In this review study, a special emphasise has been given to the various satellites like Landsat, sentinel, satellite pourl’Observation de la terre (SPOT), moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS), medium resolution imaging spectrometer (MERIS), Indian remote sensing satellites (IRS) and its application on water pollution. Availability of satellite data, algorithms, and models to assess water quality has also been reviewed in detailed. The review suggests development and innovation in satellites, sensors and techniques to assess the non-optically active constituents of water quality for better understanding and management of water pollution.

Keywords: optically active parameters, remote sensing, sensors, sewage, water quality

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