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Volume 19, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3755–3769, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 3755–3769, 2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Review article 01 Sep 2015

Review article | 01 Sep 2015

A review of applications of satellite SAR, optical, altimetry and DEM data for surface water modelling, mapping and parameter estimation

Z. N. Musa et al.

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Hydrological data collection is a challenge for the scientific community, especially as some...