The concept of developing a comprehensive system for monitoring the Aral Sea basin, in spite of all its attractive features, faces a number of difficult problems. First, it is difficult to imagine (1) what financial expenditures will be required for the engineering of such a system, (2) whether the states of the region, given their poor economic condition, can provide the necessary funding, and (3) if the international community is willing to fill the funding gap. Second, it is hard to determine the necessary parameters and level of observation detail that is required for this huge and heterogeneous territory. For example, the largest and most expensive project (EOS) for earth monitoring from space will use only five parameters for determining the heat and mass balance of the earth (Kondratyev 1978). Third, it is not clear what state or private organizations will use the monitoring system, how observational data will be used in decision-making, and what specific tasks can be solved by means of the information received.
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- Problems of Space and Satellite Monitoring of the Aral Sea Basin
E. A. Zakarin
- Springer Berlin Heidelberg