Mapping is an integral part of monitoring as it allows to have a synoptic, and multitemporal view of the landscape and of all its different components. At the River Basin Development group we use Remote Sensing mainly with freely available datasets and software, to map and monitor water resources, ecosystems, land cover changes, and other land properties.
We make use of state of the art tool like Object Based Image Analyses (mainly eCognition and Orfeo Toolbox), and Structure from Motion methods (Agisoft Photoscan Pro and Metashape, and Pix4D) for the analyses of drone images and deriving DEM, DTM and Orthophoto that are then analyzed to extract meaningful information. We have contributed to several projects ranging from Environmental Flow Assessment in the Kilombero river basin, to the Wetland Assessment of the Mara river delta Wetland to mapping groundwater potential in a province of Thailand.
More recently we also develop training and use in projects of Google Earth Engine to map and monitor changes at a regional scale. In particular we are using this tool for a project on the Western Indian Ocean River Deltas (Wioder project), that is a collaboration between the French IRD, the Canadian IDRC, IHE Delft, the University of Southampton (UK), the University of Maputo (UEM), Dar es Salaam, and the Museum of Kenya and the IRD Institute in Madagascar.
We also carry on projects and training using drones also called Unmanned Aerial Systems or Vehicles (UAS or UAV). We have implemented UAS based projects or training in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Mozambique. Our focus has been on various aspects: from multitemporal and hyperspatial resolution mapping of the ecosystems of the Mara wetland in Tanzania (with the local Water User Association, and WWF), to mapping the fine topographic features of a stretch of the Limpopo River in Mozambique to assess its potential for flood modelling (with Universidade Eduardo Mondlane UEM and the Wioder project), to mapping urban low income neighborhoods in the context of a Child Protection project (with the UEM and UNICEF). We participated to a H2020 project called SCENT focusing on Citizen Science for environmental and flood monitoring under which we carried out extensive UAS mapping of the Danube delta and of the river basin upstream of Athens.
We also carry on mapping of mountain environments when we take our students to the field work in Digne les Bains, in Southern France. And we do use digital Structure from Motion for digital sieving of mountain river beds in the Alps, within an ongoing PhD project.
Smith, M., Paron, P., Griffiths, J. (Editors), 2011. Geomorphological Mapping methods and applications. Elsevier, The Netherlands, 612 p. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/bookseries/09282025
Balint, Z., Njeru, L., Pappas, C., Paron, P. (Editors), 2010. Atlas of the Juba and Shabelle Rivers in Somalia. FAO-SWALIM, Nairobi, Kenya http://www.faoswalim.org/Atlas%20of%20the%20Juba%20and%20Shabelle%20Rivers
Balint Z. & Paron P. (Editors), 2009. Atlas of Somali Water and Land Resources. FAO-SWALIM, 162 p, Nairobi, Kenya. http://www.faoswalim.org/Atlas%20of%20Somali%20Water%20and%20Land%20Resources
Paron, P., 2013. Natural Hazards and Disasters in Developing Countries. In: Bobrowsky, P. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Natural Hazards, Springer Editor, Germany
Griffiths, J.S., Smith M., & Paron, P., 2011. Introduction to applied geomorphological mapping. In: Smith, M., Paron, P., and Griffiths, J. (eds.) Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications: 3-12.
Smith, M, Griffiths, J S, & Paron, P., 2011. The future of geomorphological mapping. In: Smith, M., Paron, P., and Griffiths, J. (eds.) Geomorphological Mapping: Methods and Applications: 589-594.
Paron, P., & Claessens, L., 2011. Makers and users of geomorphological maps. In: Smith, M., Paron, P., and Griffiths, J. (2011): Geomorphological mapping methods and applications. Elsevier: 75-106.
Refereed Journal Articles
Mazzoleni M, Paron P., Reali A., Juizo D., Manane J., and Brandimarte L. (under review). Testing UAV-derived topography for hydraulic modelling in a tropical environment. Natural Hazards.
Bregoli, F., Crosato, A., Paron, P., & McClain, M. 2019. Humans reshape wetlands: Unveiling the last 100 years of morphological changes of the Mara Wetland, Tanzania. Science of the Total Environment, 691: 896-907 DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.07.189.
Murphy, B., Paron, P., Prior, L.D., Boggs, G.S., Franklin, D.C., Bowman, DMJS., 2010. Using autoregressive error models to understand fire-vegetation-soil feedbacks: a case study of the mulga shrubland-spinifex grassland mosaic. J. of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2699.2010.02359.x
Omuto, C.T., Vargas., R.R., Alim, M.S., Paron, P., 2010. Mixed-effects modelling of time series NDVI-rainfall relationship for detecting human-induced loss of vegetation cover in drylands. Journal of Arid Environments, doi: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2010.04.001
Paron, P. & Goudie, A.S., 2007. Preliminary results about mapping and geomorphological correlation of tiger bush (Brusse tigree) in Somalia, from a remote sensing and GIS analysis perspective. In: Goudie, A.S., and Kalvoda, I. (Ed). Geomorphological variations. Nakladatelstvi p3k Editor: 59-86, Prague.
Dibari, F., Seal, A. & Paron, P., 2005. Applying GIS to Nutrition surveys. Field Exchange, 26: 29-32.
Cattapan A., Paron P., McClain M., and Franca M., 2019. On the correlation between sediment shape indices and distance travelled in Alpine catchments, a UAV based analysis. EGU2019-15559 | Orals | HS9.1.2/GM3.14
Phuoc Phung Quang, Paron P., Popescu I., and Covaliov S., 2019. Evaluation of topographic information from drone images and SfM for hydraulic modelling. EGU2019-8657 | Posters |HS3.3, Mon, 08 Apr, 16:15–18:00 Hall A| A.134
Bliscaux, N., Ripoll, A., Guillois, M., Brocheray, S., Paron, P., 2018. How useful are drones to derive digital stratigraphic logs? Validation of a drone's based Digital Geological Orthophotographic Model with field data. EGU2018
Paron, P.; Bregoli, P., 2018. Can drone footage be of help in hydrological analyses? A case from the Mara River Wetland in Tanzania. TERRAenVISION congress 2018, Barcelona, Spain, 27 January - 2 February 2018.
Bregoli F., Crosato A., Paron P., McClain M., 2018. Altered sediment flux endangering the habitat of the Mara Wetland, Tanzania. AGU 2018
Bregoli, F.. Crosato, A.. Paron, P., McClain, M., 2018. Investigating morphological responses to sediment flux alterations and land use changes in the Mara Wetland, Tanzania. AGU100, 10-14 Dec 2018
Cattapan A., Paron P., and Franca M., 2018. Sediment connectivity in the Piave River basin: effects of reservoirs and water diversion. EGU2018-15595, 2018
Molari G., Domeneghetti A, Paron P., and Castellarin A., 2018. River bathymetry estimation from satellite derived digital terrain model. EGU2018-1002, 2018
G. Ferrero, N.J. Gulamussen, E.I. Nguluve, H. Armindo, J. Weststrate, P. Paron, M. Rusca, 2017. Governance of drinking water quality in Maputo, Mozambique. IWA Water &Development congress, Buenos Aires, 13-17 Nov 2017
Guillois M., Brocheray S., Paron P., 2017. Drone photogrammetry for geological research: field digital stratigraphic logs for turbiditic reservoir analogue studies in Calabria, Southern Italy. Accepted at EGU2017, Session SSS12.6/GI2.13/GM3.9 Unmanned Aerial Systems: Platforms, Sensors and Applications in Soil, Agriculture and Geosciences.
Schumann G., Niebuhr, E., Rashid, K., Escobar, V., Andreadis, K. M., Njoku, E., Neal, J. C., Voisin, N., Pappenberger, F., Phanthuwongpakdee, N., Bates, P. D., Chao, Y., Moller, D., and Paron, P., 2014. Environmental modeling in data-sparse regions: Mozambique demonstrator case. AGU Fall meeting, San Francisco, 15-19 December 2014
Njati, S., Graas S., and Paron P., 2014. Vulnerability of coastal mangroves to hydrological alterations in the Zambezi delta - Mozambique . International conference “Contemporary Evolution of African Floodplains and Deltas” (AFRIDELTA). Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 27-30 May 2014
Paron, P., Smith, MJ., Anders, N., Meesuk, V., 2014. Quality of DEMs derived from Kite Aerial Photogrammety System: a case study of Dutch coastal environments. EGU2014 Proceedings, Session SSS0.8
Paron P., Smith M.J., 2013. Kite Aerial Photogrammetry System for monitoring coastal change in the Netherlands. Proceedings of the 8th IAG/AIG International Conference, Paris.
Paron P., Goudie A., Smith M.J., 2013. Geomorphological Virtual Tours: multimedia e-books for undegraduate education. Proceedings of the 8th IAG/AIG International Conference, Paris.
Paron P., von Hagen C., Disperati S.P., Hermanshya B., Shaheen I., Jan Q.M., Berloffa A., Khan R., Fakhre A., 2013. A humanitarian preparedness toolbox: estimating flood affected figures and exposure of livelihoods to future floods events, using freely available datasets. EGU2013 Proceedings, session NH 9.13.
Paron, P., 2012. Geomorphological maps and concepts for non-geomorphologists: a review of opportunities and recommendations for future developments. Presentation at the IAG/AIG Workshop on Objective Geomorphological Mapping, held in Salerno 15-17 October 2012.
Guida, D., Cestari, A., Cuomo, A., Dramis, F., Palmieri, V., Paron, P., Siervo, V., 2012. The geomorphological informative mapping system of Salerno University: an overview. Presentation at the IAG/AIG Workshop on Objective Geomorphological Mapping, held in Salerno 15-17 October 2012.
Guida, D., Palmieri, V., Paron, P., Siervo, V., 2012. The Salerno University Geomorphological Informative Mapping System (GmIS_UniSa): application to a polygenetic Mediterranean landscape (Cilento and Vallo di Diano European Geopark). Presentation at the IAG/AIG Workshop on Objective Geomorphological Mapping, held in Salerno 15-17 October 2012.
Cuomo, A., Dramis, F., Guida, D., Cestari, A., Palmieri, V., Paron, P., Siervo, V., 2012. Hierarchical, multiscale, objective, oro-hydrography mapping: from continental (Europe) at the national level (Italy). Poster at the IAG/AIG Workshop on Objective Geomorphological Mapping, held in Salerno 15-17 October 2012.
Omuto, C.T. & Paron, P., 2011. Improved spatial prediction of soil properties and soil types combining semi-automated landform classification, geostatistics and mixed effect modelling. In: Geomorphometry 2011, edited by T. Hengl, I. S. Evans, J. P. Wilson and M. Gould, 83-86. Redlands, CA, 2011.
Paron, P., Vargas Rojas, R., & Omuto, C.T., 2011. Integrated landform mapping: methodology and application for digital soil mapping in Somalia. Poster at the IAG/AIG Regional Conference on Geomorphology 2011: Geomorphology for Human Adaptation to Changing Tropical Environments Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 18-22, 2011
Paron, P., & Munro, R.N., 2011. Analysis of environmental change in the Horn of Africa using Historical aerial photography archives. Poster at the IAG/AIG Regional Conference on Geomorphology 2011: Geomorphology for Human Adaptation to Changing Tropical Environments Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 18-22, 2011