State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project ID: 2008NM90B
Title: Estimating Water Use through Satellite Remote Sensing (Bleiweiss)
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2008
End Date: 2/28/2009
Congressional District: 2
Focus Categories: Conservation, Management and Planning, Water Use
Keywords: remote sensing, Lower Rio Grande, water use
Principal Investigators: Bleiweiss, Max P. ; Samani, Zohrab ; Skaggs, Rhonda
Federal Funds: $ 30,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 13,530
Abstract: A recent evaluation of the water budget of the Lower Rio Grande has shown that 56% of water is unaccounted for (Magallanez and Samani, 2001). The 56% likely includes domestic water use, riparian vegetation use, supplementary farm irrigation pumping and off-season runoff. In order to better account for the various uses of water and sources of beneficial and non-beneficial use, and ultimately to optimize the use of water resources, a realistic evaluation of the amount and spatial and temporal variation of ET is needed.

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