Write an article or story on the use of space-based technology for water



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 shall be published on this newly developed web portal of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The main focus of the stories shall be the benefits, which space technologies bring to the respective water-related field, the insights gained, data used, etc. 

To apply for writing an article, kindly use the contact form with the subject: Article submission to send an abstract for the envisaged article. 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 should be submitted. Do not forget to send credits for the use of photos and a permission to publish the article and media material (see file download below).

Furthermore, provide a list of keywords including definitions for your article and relevant SDG targets for tagging.


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

  • Space Technologies for the WASH sector
  • Groundwater detection
  • Sea level rise
  • Water supply/fresh water access
  • Ocean temperature monitoring
  • 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
  • Agriculture (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


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.