Ecohydrological multi-scale thermal monitoring and validation of water and energy fluxes in freshwater wetlands
Research & Development
1.700.000 project budget
Sep 2014 - Nov 2018
Partners: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Lead), Meteo Be, Lippmann
Donor: Belgian Federal Public Planning Service
Freshwater wetland ecosystems are important for many ecosystem services. An increased understanding of the complex interaction between soil, vegetation and atmosphere in freshwater wetland ecosystems is necessary in order to develop a conservation and management strategy to deal with climate change. Monitoring of freshwater wetland ecosystems is currently hampered by the lack of in-situ monitoring networks and consistent remote sensing time series. IHE Delft and our partners will integrate thermal infrared remote sensing data from various sensors in land surface energy balance models along with distributed hydrological models for monitoring and quantification of the necessary variables. Validation will be carried out against the in-situ eddy covariance and other field measurements at various wetland sites in Belgium and Poland. We aim to deliver consistent estimates of these variables at multiple spatial scales over different freshwater wetlands.