Articles | Volume 22, issue 12
Research article
11 Dec 2018
Research article |  | 11 Dec 2018

Using modelled discharge to develop satellite-based river gauging: a case study for the Amazon Basin

Jiawei Hou, Albert I. J. M. van Dijk, Luigi J. Renzullo, and Robert A. Vertessy

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Satellite-based river gauging can be constructed based on remote-sensing-derived surface water extent and modelled discharge, and used to estimate river discharges with satellite observations only. This provides opportunities for monitoring river discharge in the absence of a real-time hydrological model or gauging stations.