Water Scarcity and Risk Mapping Using Geo and Satellite Data

This session will highlight the use of satellite and geo data to improve water availability mapping for a target audience of water managers, policy makers and companies. The session is organized in two sub-sessions, one coordinated by NASA and the second by WRI.

The NASA sub-session will describe its free and open exchange of satellite data useful for data limited developing and mid-income countries. Satellites provide synoptic and timely spatial data to address water issues, including of transboundary and the monitoring of floods and droughts. The NASA sub-session will focus on case studies and partnering with public and private groups with a South Asia case study.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) sub-session will showcase global water risk maps using the best publicly available data and modelling techniques and how maps are used by companies and groups to prioritize investment and engage public sector actors. Aqueduct’s water risk information is available at a global scale to help businesses and groups evaluate exposure to water risk across operations and supply chains.

14:00    Welcome and Opening Comments on Advanced Technologies for Improved Water Management and Risk Mapping, Includes African & Asian Case Studies. Dr. Amy Luers, Skoll Global Threats Fund, USA, and Mr. Chuck Chaitovitz, USWP, USA


Solutions to Water Scarcity and Risk Issues Using Advanced Technologies

14:15    Practical Uses of Satellites for Improved Water Management. Mr. David Toll, NASA, USA

14:30    The Aqueduct Water Risk Initiative and Public and Private Sector Uses of Aqueduct. Ms. Betsy Otto, WRI, USA

14:45    Application of Satellite Data in Aqueduct’s Flow Accumulation Model and Possible Incorporation of Additional NASA Data into Aqueduct in the Near Future. Mr. Charles Iceland, WRI, USA

15:00    Addressing Climate and Water Issues with Advanced Technologies. Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute, USA

15:15    Mapping Changing Freshwater Availability and Groundwater Depletion with the NASA GRACE Satellite Mission. Prof. Jay Famiglietti, UCI, USA


15:30    Coffee Break


Tackling African & Asian Water Issues with Advanced Technologies

16:00    Using Satellites to Address Issues Related to Transboundary Waters, Droughts, Floods and Climate Change in Africa and Asia. Mr. Richard Lawford, NASA/Morgan State U., Canada

16:15    Improving Water Management and Addressing Transboundary Water Issues with NASA-USAID 'SERVIR'. Dr. Aleix Serrat-Capdevila, U. Arizona, USA

16:30    Panel Discussion: The Use of New Spatial Information Products for Improved Water Management and Risk Mapping.

                Moderator: Dr. Amy Luers, Skoll Global Threats Fund, USA.

  • Dr. Diego Rodriguez, WB
  • Dr. Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute, USA
  • Prof. Jay Famiglietti, UCI, USA
  • Mr. David Toll, NASA, USA
  • Mr. Charles Iceland, WRI, USA
  • Mr. Alfio Mianzan, Shell Oil, The Netherlands

17:30    Close of Session

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