European Space Agency’s “Water Scarcity” Kick-Start
Water is one of the most important substances on Earth and covers 70% of the planet. However, freshwater makes up a very small fraction with 97% being saline and ocean-based. While the amount of freshwater on the planet has remained fairly constant over time, the world’s population has exploded, meaning that freshwater is threatened by significant forces, like overdevelopment, polluted runoff, and global warming.
A celebration of valuing water for World Water Day 2021
World Water Day, celebrated each year on March 22nd, since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the ongoing global water crisis. The theme this year is Valuing Water. Much more than just price, water has huge value for households, food, culture, health, education, and the environment (UN Water 2021).
Capacity Building and Training Material
QGIS et Applications en Hydrologie
IUCN World Conservation Congress
The first hybrid in-person and virtual environmental event since the pandemic began, the Congress will drive action on nature-based recovery, climate change and biodiversity post-2020.
The IUCN World Conservation Congress is jointly organised by IUCN and Marseille, hosted by the French Government.
Groundwater, key to the Sustainable Development Goals
The « Agenda 2030 », the 17 « Sustainable Development Goals » (SDGs), their 169 targets and their 240 well attended indicators, multinational and multilateral roadmaps, constitute a great message of hope for the future of human societies and terrestrial ecosystems, currently facing the impacts of global change.
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Alpine Drought Observatory
Droughts are becoming an increasing concern in the Alps and in the lowland areas that receive Alpine water. The Alpine Drought Observatory (ADO) provides a tool for a quick and easy overview of the current drought situation in the Alpine region and past drought situations in the last 6 months as maps and the last 40 years as timeseries.
Laboratoire d’Etudes du Rayonnement et de la Matière en Astrophysique et Atmosphères
The LERMA (Laboratoire d’Etudes du Rayonnement et de la Matière en Astrophysique et Atmosphères) is a joint research unit. Research teams conduct programs in the fields of astrophysics, instrumentation and remote sensing.. The 'Remote Sensing group focuses on satellite-based characterization of the atmosphere and surfaces. Different aspects are covered, including the analysis of satellite observations, the modeling of radiative transfer and the development of inversion methods for a better monitoring of the Earth's processes providing geophysical variables (e.g.
National Space Science Agency
NSSA seeks to establish a sound infrastructure for the observation of outer space and the earth, make Bahrain a leader in space science and technology, build a culture and methodology of scientific research within the kingdom and encourage technical innovation, among other goals. NSSA is interested in satellites to obtain data, to use them for remote sensing and to conduct advanced space research, so it can be the engine for the state in the use of the latest satellite communication technologies.
NSSA’s main projects are as follows:
H2O Geomatics Inc.
H2O Geomatics is a research spin-off from the University of Waterloo. The company uses state-of-the-art remote sensing technologies to turn Earth Observation (EO) data into products and information tailored to meet end-user needs in various domains of application. H2O Geomatics is also conducting R & D activities on machine learning algorithms to handle big EO datasets as well as the development of environmental risk assessment tools for climate-dependent sectors such as agriculture and water resources management.
Services offered by the company include:
Europe Director of the Innovation Program Open Geospatial Consortium
Marie-Francoise Voidrot is a Director with the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Innovation Program, with a focus on initiatives related to Earth Observations. She is involved in several initiatives of importance to GEO Group for Earth Observation, including the H2020 NextGEOSS and E-SHAPE projects , and OGC’s Disasters Concept Development Study.
Victor's research focuses on geosciences with an emphasis on the use of applied mathematics and statistics. His thesis was part of the European project WACMOS-MED, supported by ESA, and contributed to the international project HyMeX. In the context of climate change, characterizing the water cycle is a key issue of the scientific community. The aim was to develop satellite products integration methods to optimize the water cycle monitoring (atmosphere, land and ocean) over the Mediterranean basin.