National Aeronautics and Space Administration and World Resources Institute
Pacific Institute; Shell Oil; Skoll Global Threats Fund; University of California-Irvine; US Water Partnership and World Bank
This session will highlight the use of advanced technologies including satellite and geo data to improve water availability mapping for a target audience of water managers, policy makers and companies.
The session will summarize the possible uses of innovative spatial data to help tackle global water challenges to the local scale. The session combines the advanced technologies using NASA and geo satellite data along with water risk mapping using World Resources Institute’s (WRI) Aqueduct tool.
The NASA portion will describe its free and open exchange of satellite data especially useful for developing countries. Satellites provide synoptic and timely spatial data to address water issues from water availability, 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 in Asia and Africa.
WRI will showcase global water risk maps using the best publicly available data and modelling techniques and how maps are used to prioritize investment and engage private and public sectors. Aqueduct’s water risk information is available at a global scale to help organizations evaluate exposure to water risk across operations, supply chains, and regional landscapes.
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.
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