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UDC: 504:628.196; 528.8
DOI: 10.14438/gn.2013.25
submitted: 2013-12-28, accepted: 2014-03-05, published: 2014-03-28

The use of methods of remote sensing and GIS applications in monitoring water quality on the example of the mining basin

Milisav Tomić1*

1RB Kolubara, Office for the Protection and Promotion of the Environment, Lazarevac, Serbia

Abstract. Methods for remote sensing shows great potential in the control and management of vast areas, such as, for example, mining Basin "Kolubara", in terms of speed, functionality and possibilities of perception of environmental problems and appropriate responses to them, compared to traditional methods. The paper explores the potential application of the methods of remote sensing and GIS applications in monitoring and controlling the emergence and spatial-temporal distribution of water pollutants in the zone affected by mining Basin "Kolubara" Lazarevac. Remote sensing methods offer the possibility of creating a system for monitoring changes in the Kolubara coal basin, including water quality monitoring, in order to define the emission of pollutants in water, the concentration of pollutants in the water, as well as the spatial distribution and potential environmental pollution. The importance of the application of remote sensing and GIS, refers to the need to develop new technologies for monitoring emissions to water in the geographic space, as well as the opportunity to discover their potential impact on the natural and human environment, and the ability to obtain quick and reliable information will be used to develop measures for the preservation and improvement of environmental quality in large mining basins.

Keywords. water protection, environmental protection, natural resources, coal processing

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