Earth Observation for Integrated Water and Basin Management: New possibilities and challenges for adaptation to a changing enviroment


The remote Sensing and Hydrology Symposium (RSHS) is organized every four years by the International Commission of Remote Sensing of the International Association of Hydrological Sciences. The 4th edition, RSHS’18, is chaired by the Andalusian Institute for Earth System Research at the University of Cordoba, Spain, with support from the IFAPA in Cordoba, and the Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska, and it will take place in May, 8-10, 2018.

RSHS’18 is a meeting point for researchers from both the hydrology and remote sensing communities, and brings together their joint experiene in Earth Observation for developing innovative and environmentally-sustanaible water resources and basin management. It is focused on the use of the new generation of remote sensors and applications to hydrology, water resources, agricultural water management and river basin management, and the challenges of blending remote sensing images and data sources with multi-scale modelling and ground-based data.

We expect around 300 participants from all over the world at this international event that aims at providing senior and early-career scientists with a forum to share their work and recent progress in a unique place. The conference venue is the Government Building of the University of Cordoba, a historical construction of “neomudéjar” style. The city of Cordoba has a rich legacy from its historical past and is the largest urban area in the world declared World Heritage by UNESCO. You are all cordially invited to visit us and enjoy Cordoba and its unique atmosphere.

We welcome all participants to this Symposium and hope that the meeting results in an excellent exchange of knowledge and cutting-edge discussion that will bring new insights between the remote sensing and hydrology scientific community.

María José Polo, Maria Patrocinio González-Dugo, Chistopher Neale.



The University Rector Residence is on Avenida Medina Azahara, in the former Veterinary Faculty building. It is an impressive, tastefully decorated building that was finished between 1921 and 1926 in neo-mudejar style. There is an attractive front garden where water runs between small ponds under the refreshing shade of an interesting variety of trees


Avda. Medina Azahara, 5
14071 Cordoba
Te. (+34) 957 218 035

Location map



Cordoba is a city with an impressive cultural and monumental patrimony. Its strategic position, near the River Guadalquivir, which was formerly navigable, and the legacy of the different peoples who settled on its rich farming lands meant that Cordoba was always considered a privileged place.

The UNESCO (The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) recognised in 1994 the universal importance of Cordoba’s historic legacy, and extended the title of World Heritage Site not only to the Mosque-Cathedral, but also to all the streets and buildings around it. In addition, in December 2012, Cordoba was awarded a further accolade: The Festival of the Patios (Courtyards) was added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity sites.

Therefore, Cordoba now holds 3 inscriptions in the World Heritage List granted by the UNESCOthe Mosque-Cathedral (1984), the historical quarter surrounding it (1994) and the Festival of the Patios (Courtyards) (2012). In addition, with the rest of Spain, it shares the titles of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity awarded to Flamenco (2010) and the Mediterranean Diet (2013).

The World Heritage Site award aims to help protect, identify and conserve elements of our cultural or natural inheritance which are considered particularly valuable. Holding the title involves a set of rights and obligations, which this city has justly deserved.

The UNESCO defines the word Heritage as “the legacy we receive from the past, in which we live in the present and which we hand on to the future”. The political and cultural leaders in Cordoba, as well as each and every citizen, have been entrusted with the task of keeping watch over, conserving, protecting and encouraging interest in our History, so that we ourselves, as well as other peoples and cultures, can learn more about it and feel enriched by it.

The origins of Cordoba are lost in the mists of time. Its position by the river and the fertile farming land of the Campiña made it a perfect place for the first prehistoric settlements. However, it was not until the late Bronze Age (8th/9th century B.C.) when the first proper settlement was established. After the arrival of the Phoenicians and Greeks on the peninsula, the city became known as an important mining and commercial centre, since the River Guadalquivir was then navigable as far as Cordoba. This facilitated the spread of artistic and commercial products and made for easier communication with the main cities of the period.



Integrated river basin management involves a sound knowledge of water and land interactions, and impacts from and feedbacks to human activity. Remote sensing has been an efficient and increasingly promising means of gathering direct information of the Earth surface, as well as information on water and energy fluxes. The recent generation of high-resolution sensors offer a huge potential for monitoring, assessing, and modelling our changing environment in a context of uncertainty about how future climate conditions will affect the current water resource and basin management framework. Moreover, large amounts of data are now available posing a challenging opportunity to the scientific community for both exploring and transforming these data into readily usable information products for different end-users in our societies.

The scientific decade 2013–2022 of IAHS, entitled “Panta Rhei – Everything Flows”, is dedicated to research activities on change in hydrology and society. Undoubtedly, remote sensing from different sources provides us with the information needed to monitor the environment at different spatial and temporal scales. Renewed efforts are needed to merge different data sources for generating medium to long-term series that benefit from both earlier satellite missions and the recent availability of high quality data provided by the new satellites and airborne technologies.

Under the light of these objectives for RSHS’18, innovative and integrated remote sensing research and applications are welcomed within the seven thematic areas of the Symposium that include but are not limited to the following topics:

“Current and future missions  for water cycle observation” includes Missions for water cycle, On-going projects for future missions, Sensors devoted to water components.

“Observations of Water Cycle Components” includes Hydrological modeling, Global hydrologic cycle, Precipitation retrievals, Evapotranspiration and Energy Balance Processes, Water balance, Groundwater.

“Earth Observation retrievals and data products linked to the water cycle” includes Water –related products, Data retrieval algorithms, Data mining and assimilation, GIS and Remote sensing technologies and products, Hydroinformatics, Software and tools.

“Applications of remote sensing data in water resources management”

“Crop irrigation management by remote sensing (I)”

“Crop irrigation management by remote sensing (II): H2020-REC Project”

“Water quality and soil cover assessment from remote sensing data”

Organizing Committee

· Prof. María José Polo, University of Cordoba
General chairwoman

· Dr. María del Patrocinio González-Dugo, IFAPA, Córdoba

· Prof. Christopher Neale, University of Nebraska, USA

· MSc. María-José Pérez-Palazón, University of Cordoba
· MSc. Pedro Gómez-Giráldez, University of Cordoba
· MSc. Elena Herrera, University of Cordoba
· MSc. Elisabet Carpintero, IFAPA, Cordoba

Scientific Committee

· Martha Anderson, USDA-ARS Hydrology & Remote Sensing Lab
· Ana Andreu, University of Berkeley
· Gilles Boullet, IRD-CESBIO
· Alfonso Calera, University of Castilla-La Mancha
· Yangbo Chen, Sun Yat-sen University
· Michael Cosh, USDA-ARS Hydrology & Remote Sensing Lab
· Guido d’Urso, Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
· Simon Gascoin, CNRS-CESBIO
· Maria P. González-Dugo, IFAPA-Junta de Andalucía
· Christopher Hopkinson, University of Lethbridge
· William Kustas, USDA-ARS Hydrology & Remote Sensing Lab
· José Martínez Fernández, University of Salamanca
· Pamela Nagler, U.S. Geological Survey
· Christopher Neale, University of Nebraska
· Claudia Notarnicola, EURAC
· Rafael Pimentel, Swedish Meteorology and Hydrology Institute
· Maria J. Polo, University of Cordoba
· Andreas Schumann, University of Bochum
· Bob Su, University of Twente
· Julie Zinnert, Virginia Commonwealth University

Invited Speakers

· William Kustas, USDA-ARS
The Grape Remote sensing Atmospheric Profile and Evapotranspiration eXperiment (GRAPEX)-A sinopsis

· José Moreno, University of Valencia
Vegetation fluorescence as a tool to monitor plant stress conditions: The FLEX Earth Explorer mission

· Claudia Notarnicola, EURAC
Addressing hydrological challenges by exploiting remotely sensed imagery in the microwave domain


Dear authors,

Thank you for your contribution to RSHS’18. Sessions’ programme is under development and you will receive information very soon about your schedule.

In case you require a letter of invitation for attending the conference, please send an e-mail to the Technical Secretariat: with the information that you need to be included. Please, copy to

If you have already sent your petition to, you needn’t do this again; your letter is being processed.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Cordoba.
Kindest regards,

The RSHS’18 team

8th May


09.30 – 11.00 h. Registration
11.00 – 11.15 h. Official Welcome
11.00 – 12.00 h. Invited lecture: William P. Kustas, USDA-ARS
12.00 – 13.00 h. Thematic Area 1 – Session 1
13.00 – 15.00 h. Lunch break (coffee)
15.00 – 17.15 h. Parallel sessions
· Thematic Area 2 – Session 1
· Thematic Area 6 – Session 1
· Thematic Area 7 – Session 1

18.00 – 20.00 h. Guided visit of the Mosque-Cathedral + Welcome Reception at Caballerizas Reales (meeting point)

9th May


09.00 – 11.00 h. Thematic Area 5 – Session 1
11.00 – 11.45 h. Coffee break
11.45 – 12.30 h. Invited lecture: Claudia Notarnicola, EURAC
12.30 – 13.15 h. Thematic Area 5 – Session 2
13.15 – 15.00 h. Lunch break
15.00 – 17.15 h. Parallel sessions
· Thematic Area 2 – Session 2
· Thematic Area 3 – Session 1
· Thematic Area 4 – Session 1

17.15 – 18.30 h. Coffee break – Poster session

21.00 – 23.00 h. Conference dinner (upon reservation)

10th May


09.00 – 11.00 h. Thematic Area 4 – Session 2
11.00 – 11.30 h. Coffee break
11.30 – 12.00 h. Invited lecture: José Moreno, University of Valencia
12.00 – 13.30 h. Thematic Area 4 – Session 3
13.30 – 15.00 h. Lunch break
15.00 – 16.30 h. Parallel sessions
· Thematic Area 3 – Session 2
· Thematic Area 4 – Session 4

16.30 – 17.00 h. Closure
17.00 – 18.00 h. Open discussion session

Extended programme


In order to register for the Congress, please fill the REGISTRATION ON LINE FORM.


The registration is currently open following the next rules:

Early registration:

  • Conference fees: 440 euros (280 euros, for PhD students upon accreditation)

  • Deadline: April, 9, 2018

Late registration

  • Conference fees: 490 euros (350 euros, for PhD students upon accreditation)
  • Deadline: May, 4, 2018

The registration fee includes:

        • Admittance to all sessions and lectures during the conference.
        • Publication of abstracts.
        • Congress documentation
        • Coffee breaks and lunch meals

The Registration fee should be paid by wire bank transfer to the following bank account:

  • Office Address: Avda. Gran Capitán, 8. 14001 Córdoba
  • IBAN: ES86 0049 1874 00 2010098501
  • Account Number: 0049 1874 00 2010098501
  • Account’s Holder: PIC S.L.

Conference dinner is not included in the conference fees and must be booked in the registration form

Please, specify in the details of the bank transfer: “Registration RSHS Symposium Cordoba 2018: name and surname”



NEW! Regarding the presentation of your work during the next Remote Sensing and Hydrology Symposium in Córdoba, May 8-10, please find the following information:

  • All accepted works will be included in the Abstract Book, regardless oral or poster presentation.
  • Oral presentations will have 15 minutes to present their work and discuss questions with the audience.
  • Posters will have a 5-min presentation during an specific session (final programme will be in the website of RHSH’18 at the beginning of April).
  • Posters are presented on poster presentation boards. Posters should be in portrait orientation and not exceed 90 cm in width and 120 cm in height (best fit would be A0). The posters can be mounted during coffee breaks and there will be someone from the organization around for additional help.
  • The poster session will be unique and there is no other parallel sesión (see programme for further information). Posters will be grouped up in thematic areas in the poster room. Each author can present the poster in 5 minutes during this session.
  • The inscription fee is the same regardless the presentation format; PhD students benefit from special fee in all cases. Please note the early-bird deadline (see website for details)
  • The presenting author has to be registered for the conference

Presentation Format

Select your preferred presentation format: poster or oral communication. The scientific committee will review the abstracts and acceptance/rejection will be notified in due time. Due to time limitations, some of the accepted abstracts might be reallocated to poster presentations, as decided by the scientific committee.

Upon acceptance, a limited number of abstract will be selected and  asked for an extended version of the work (deadline 6 April 2018) for  publication in a special issue in PIAHS for the proceedings of  RSHS’18. Publication requires the corresponding author’s inscription  before the early registration deadline (28 March 2018). Corresponding authors will be asked to mark this option if they are willing to send an extended version of the work.

A limited number of works among the presentations in the Symposium will be selected by the Scientific Committee for their publications as full papers in a special issue in Hydrological Sciences Journal/Journal des Sciences Hydrologiques, the official journal of IAHS, indexed in the JCR.

  • All abstracts must be submitted in English


Thematic area: select the area in which your work is included

1. Current and future missions for water cycle observations
Conveners: Bob Su , Gilles Boulet, Claudia Notarnicola

2. Observations of Water Cycle Components
Conveners: Bob Su , Gilles Boulet, Claudia Notarnicola

3. Earth Observation retrievals and data products linked to the water cycle
Conveners: Chris Hopkinson , Bob Su, Michael Cosh , Joseph Alfieri

4. Applications of remote sensing data in water resources management
Conveners: Yangbo Chen , María José Polo, M. C. Anderson , Andreas Schumann , J. Martínez-Fernández , Claudia Notarnicola , Ana Andreu

5. Crop irrigation management by remote sensing (I)
Conveners:  Maria P. González-Dugo , Christopher Neale, Alfonso Calera , Guido D Urso

6. Crop irrigation management by remote sensing (II): H2020-REC Project
Conveners: Christopher Neale , Maria P. González-Dugo, Alfonso Calera , Guido D Urso

7. Water quality and soil cover assessment from remote sensing data
Conveners: María José Polo , Yangbo Chen, Julie C. Zinnert , Rafael Pimentel


Author who will present the paper should be registered


Abstracts should not exceed 450 words






110’00 € 119’50 €


159’50 € 170’50 €


Hotels located close to the venue. Price per room and per night. All taxes included.

Rooms available from May 7 to 11 (4 nights). Please check availability if you want to expand your booking.

15/04/2018 Deadline for booking accommodation.

IMPORTANT: After this date reservations are subject to availability.


– Before April 1st 2018: free of charge (excluding bank charges if any).

– Between April 1st to April 15th 2018: charge of 60€.

– After April 15th, 2018: one night charge.


Bank transfer to the following bank account:


Office Adress: Avda. Gran Capitán, 8. 14001 Córdoba

Swift Bank Code: BSCHESMM

Iban Bank Code: ES86 0049 1874 00 2010098501

Account Number: 0049 1874 00 2010098501

Account Holder: PIC S.L.

Please be sure that both your name and the code “HOTEL RSHS SYMPOSIUM CORDOBA 2018” are included in the bank transfer document.

Send to the Technical Secretariat ( the scanned copy of the bank transfer receipt by email or upload the scanned copy in the personal area in the on-line form by accessing your personal area at the 6PRION IBERIAN website with the “user number” and “password” included in the confirmation e-mail for registration.

All bank transfer charges are to be paid by the participant; PIC S.L ’s bank account should be left free of any bank charges.


Please fill this form and send it to the Technical Secretariat before April 15st , 2018.


Sponsorship Opportunities The RSHS Symposium Cordoba 2018 covers internationally relevants scientific topics with outstanding scientists participating in the different sessions. The Congress hosts around 300 scientists from universities and research organizations. Thus, it provides an ideal platform for the advertising and diffusion of products. If you are interested in sponsorship options or if you would like more information, please contact with the Technical Secretariat.



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