WELCOME TO THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE WORLDWATER NEWSLETTER

In this first Newsletter you will find a digest of the latest project news as well as report on 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

  • 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 products for country and basin scale water resource monitoring and reporting

  • Building national capacities to better monitor and report on water resources using EO through user workshops, training courses and awareness events.

Worldwater was kicked off in April 2020 and has been off to a challenging start due to the global pandemic but as the year 2020 came to an end the project has formed partnerships and engaged stakeholders in five pilot countries (Gabon, Zambia, Colombia, Mexico and Greenland). On December 7th (2020) the Requirement Review was scheduled to evaluate and approve the user requirements for the WorldWater products and tools hereunder to agree on the location and data acquisition planning for the test sites which will be used during algorithm testing and verification.

ROUND ROBIN

As a major activity to kick-start the algorithm development (and software prototyping) the WorldWater project is organizing a Round Robin for the inter-comparison of EO-based algorithms for surface water detection. Read the full announcement and call for Expression of Interest here.

EVENTS

WATER CELEBRATIONS

Celebrated every year on 2 February, World Wetlands Day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the same day in 1971. The 2021 theme focus on the inseparable link between Water, Wetlands and Life: www.worldwetlandsday.org/

World Water Day, 22 March 2021, is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource: www.worldwaterday.org/

The 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) will be held physically at the Square-Brussels, with an option to participate virtually through an on-line platform, from Monday, 12th of July till Friday, the 16th of July 2021. At IGARSS 2021 the WorldWater team will contribute with a paper on Multi-mission remote sensing observations for optimizing hydrological hazard predictions and to be presented under an invited session on Advanced Monitoring and Assessment of Hazards.