Articles | Volume 18, issue 11
Research article
07 Nov 2014
Research article |  | 07 Nov 2014

Evaluation of the satellite-based Global Flood Detection System for measuring river discharge: influence of local factors

B. Revilla-Romero, J. Thielen, P. Salamon, T. De Groeve, and G. R. Brakenridge


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One of the main challenges in global hydrological modelling is the limited availability of observational data for calibration and model verification. The aim of this study is to test the potentials and constraints of the remote sensing signal of the Global Flood Detection System (GFDS) for converting the flood detection signal into river discharge values. This work also provides a first analysis of the local factors influencing the accuracy of discharge measurement as provided by this system.