Remote sensing enhances bio-monitoring of China’s water diversion program

Remote sensing enhances bio-monitoring of China’s water diversion program

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China has recently applied remote sensing technology to biological environment monitoring in a mammoth state water diversion program. The remote sensing bio-monitoring of the middle route of the huge south to north water diversion program has recently passed appraisal by experts with the Ministry of Science and Technology. The project employs remote sensing systems, which run rapidly and collect vast amounts of information from large expanses. The systems monitor soil erosion, landsides and embankment collapses, changes in river channels, water quality and plant coverage in the water source area of the Danjiangkou reservoir, the lower- and middle-reach of Hanjiang River valley and the intake area of the water diversion program’s middle route. The biological monitoring project will provide basic facts and data for decision-making on the middle-route project of the south-to-north water diversion program and help minimize environmental degradation.