Announcing the launch of the Surface Water Data and Analytics portal and open-source toolbox We are excited to have started the roll-out of the WorldWater products and tools, which can now be accessed using the following links: • Surface water data and analytics portal • Open-source toolbox During the month of September and […]
Submission of ‘Big earth data’ my member states is missing piece in implementation of sdg 6 Every day, an enormous amount of data is being gathered about our planet in the form of big Earth data. Not only does this data reveal patterns about our climate, the health of our oceans and inland bodies of […]
Worldwater Newsletter, issue 3 Surface Water Dynamics from SpaceNovember 2022 Project highlights Developing robust and operational Earth Observation (EO) methods and tools for surface water dynamics monitoring, applicable at a global scale. Integrating EO products and tools in a data analytics platform to foster the wider usage of EO data and surface water dynamics […]
World Water Week – 2022 The 2022 World Water Week is here and the WorldWater team has already been in action with a presentation in the seminar “Informing the 2023 Political Agenda through Science” – a primary science session aiming at providing an overview of the latest science, evidence, and/or key findings from the past […]
The WorldWater Round Robin has been concluded We are pleased to announce that the outcome of the WorldWater Round Robin has now been concluded and the results published in Remote Sensing – a peer-reviewed, open access journal about the science and application of remote sensing technology. The Round Robin study was motivated by a wish […]
New era for satellite-based water monitoring The WorldWater project is pioneering cutting-edge satellite technology and algorithms to facilitate smart resource management bymapping surface water bodies from the sky. As the project reaches the halfway mark, GWI checks in on its progress so far. Our project coordinator has spoken to Global Water Intelligence about the recent […]
WELCOME TO THE SECOND ISSUE OF THE WORLDWATER NEWSLETTER In this second Newsletter you will find a digest of the latest project achievements as well as a summary of recent and upcoming activities and events. Please follow this space to stay updated and do not hesitate to get in touch for more information. Project highlights […]
Water levels in Lake Tanganyika, a source of life and livelihoods in adjacent countries across Eastern Africa, has been slowly rising since the beginning of 2021. Over the last few months, the water levels have reached record highs, severely exposing communities, and people along the coastlines to major flooding’s. The flooding’s have hit particularly hard in Burundi, a nation bordering the north-eastern part of the lake, where thousands of people have been displaced by the flooding’s. With water levels continuing the rise, tipping points are being reached in lakeside communities across the region, causing further displacement of people and destruction of property.
Under the umbrella of WorldWater, we have monitored the situation using water surface elevation (WSE) time-series based on altimetry data from ESA’s Sentinel 3- and NASA’s Jason satellites. The illustration below indicates the severity of the situation, as current water levels as observed over the last few months have reached peak levels in the last 30 years, now reaching 2 m. above median levels. The data illustrates the value of satellite-based WSE observations, as a synoptic and objective means to track and monitor surface water dynamics and document long term trends. This data provides valuable insight and information which can be used as early warning for future flood events as well as evidence to inform flood mitigation activities.