National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Contributions of earth observations and models for improved water sustainability

Tuesday 29 August | 14.00-15.30 | Room: NL 357
Algae Bloom in Lake St. Clair, United States. Credit: NASA

Water managers, planners, engineers, and others, are expected to deliver water sustainability in the face of population increases, climate change and industrial development.  These expectations are articulated in the Sustainable Development Goals and their targets.  In recent years, the increased availability of satellite- and aircraft-based remote sensing has led to major advances in monitoring and forecasting of availability and quality of water across many scales. When combined with modeling and in situ data, satellite observations enhance the mapping, analysis, and forecasting of droughts, floods, water use, water pollution and water availability. By quantifying and spatially representing water cycle and water quality components, water managers can confidently address issues related to water security even in transboundary basins.  However this requires technical experts to engage in co-designing systems with regional water managers to incorporate regional knowledge and data sources.  This session will focus of satellite capabilities and explore examples of programs such as the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Global Water Sustainability (GEOGLOWS) initiative which brings global satellite capabilities and regional expertise together to build new capabilities.  Presentations and discussion will highlight initiatives where satellite capabilities are being exploited and integrated with local capabilities to provide innovative water resource management solutions.


14:00 Welcome
Andras Szollosi-nagy, President, UNESCO-IHP

14:05 NASA research to improve monitoring and forecasting of water resources
John Bolten, NASA

14:20 The use of models for scenarios to support water sustainability
Simon Langan, IIASA

14:35 GEO global water sustainability and its contribution to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Richard Lawford, Morgan State University and NASA

 14:50 Integrating information and communication technology support for sustainability applications: The Ericsson experience
Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson, Ericsson

15:05 Panel discussion: water for development
Moderator: Richard Lawford, Morgan State University and NASA

  • John Bolten, NASA
  • Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson, Ericsson
  • Simon Langan, IIASA
  • Andras Szollosi-nagy, President, UNESCO-IHP

15:25 Summary

15:30 Close of session