Task

We seek the support of online volunteers to write success stories and news articles on the use of space technologies for any field which is concerned with water, e.g. water management, water cycle management, water-related topics within the realms of climate-change or ecosystems, and all sub-fields. The stories and articles are to be published at the Space4Water Portal. The main focus of the stories shall be the benefits space technologies bring to the respective water-related field, the insights gained, data used, etc. 

To apply for writing an article, send us an email with your abstract of your article idea to office[at]space4water.org ([at] should be replaced with an @). Successful candidates will be contacted by UNOOSA.

The final article shall be 900-2000 words long and its voice shall be targeted to the general public. If possible, two high quality images (1920 x 800 px resolution minimum) related to the story shall be submitted, or a link to an online video. Please make sure to read and comply by the Guildelines for Articles and Stories document linked below.

Furthermore, provide a list of thematic keywords including definitions for your article, as well as relevant SDG targets and a regional focus in case it is not globally applicable.

Topics

Topics to be covered can be within, but are not limited to the following:

  • Space Technologies for the WASH sector
  • Groundwater detection
  • Water and Climate Change
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Water supply/fresh water access
  • Space Technologies for WASH  (Water, sanitation and hygiene)
  • Ocean temperature monitoring
  • Sea level rise
  • Acidification of oceans: How space could contribute to the monitoring of acidification
  • Water pollution: e.g. oil spills or micro-plastics in oceans – How space could support to detect sources of contamination
  • Smelting of mountain glaciers
  • Disaster management:
    • Forecasting floods
    • Forecasting tsunamis
  • The water energy nexus
  • Water cycles
  • Permafrost
  • Monitoring sea ice thickness and type
  • Water Energy Nexus (how water management through space can contribute)
  • Water Agriculture Nexus (how water management through space can contribute)
  • Cubesat applications for water research
  • All space technologies with benefits to water research or management
  • Other technologies applicable to generate knowledge on water such as artificial intelligence / machine learning
  • Geospatial Standards
  • Open Data

Requirements

The successful applicant will have strong writing and editing skills and background knowledge in space technologies or water management. Experience in writing stories and articles for the United Nations, demonstrated through previous projects is an asset. Please include links to samples of work in your application.