Extended until Feb. 21! Call for Nominations for the GEO AquaWatch Steering Committee


AquaWatch, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) initiative is developing and building the global capacity and utility of Earth Observation-derived water quality data, products and information to support effective monitoring, management and decision making. The Management Committee is currently seeking nominations to serve on the GEO AquaWatch Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee provides guidance, recommendations, and opportunities for engagement in the water quality community Serving on the Steering Committee will provide an opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of stakeholders in remote sensing and in-situ water quality, aquatic and estuarine management, aquatic and estuarine policy and sustainable development, and to identify priorities and projects that link water quality observation providers with users.

The Steering Committee will meet in person once yearly and quarterly via teleconference. Steering Committee members are expected to cover their own travel costs, although limited funding may be available to support representatives from developing countries. Steering Committee members serve a 3-year term with the potential for two one-year extensions. The expected time commitment is 5 to 10 hours per month.

This call seeks individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise within the water quality community including governmental agencies; academia; industry representatives; and non-governmental-, non-profit-, and intergovernmental-organizations. A variety of stakeholder perspectives is sought from the data production to the end users.

The call seeks individuals with:

  • Responsibility for protection and stewardship of inland and coastal waters;
  • Public administration supporting conservation planning, habitat restoration, ecosystem services, sustainable management practices;
  • Environmental law and standards, or policy and diplomacy of water quality uses;
  • Science communication, education, and outreach;
  • Hazard mitigation and disaster response management.

Selected nominees will receive invitations to serve from the Management Committee co-chairs. Those nominees not selected, however, may be invited to join one of the GEO AquaWatch working groups.

For additional information about GEO AquaWatch, please see the:

 If you are interested in nominating a member to the GEO AquaWatch Steering Committee, please send the name and contact information of your nominee along with and brief statement on the nominee’s experience and expertise relevant to GEO Aquawatch to info@geoaquawatch.org with the subject line “Nomination for GEO AquaWatch Steering Committee” before February 21, 2018. Self-nominations are welcome.

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CEOS Report: Feasibility Study of an Aquatic Ecosystem Earth Observing System

CEOS Feasibility Study for an Aquatic Ecosystem Earth Observing System is Now Available PDF

Chapter 1 Background
Arnold G. Dekker, Nicole Pinnel, Kevin R. Turpie, Maycira Costa, Claudia Giardino

Chapter 2 Science and applications driving sensor specifications
Xavier Briottet, Peter Gege, Kevin R. Turpie , Arnold G. Dekker, Nicole Pinnel, Sindy Sterckx, Thomas Heege Maycira Costa, Vittorio E. Brando, Claudia Giardino , Federica Braga and Steef Peters

Chapter 3 Platform requirements and mission Design
Andy Court, Xavier Briottet, Sindy Sterckx, Martin Bergeron, Arnold G. Dekker , Kevin R. Turpie, Claudia Giardino, Vittorio E. Brando and Peter Gege

Chapter 4 Aquatic ecosystem earth observation enabling activities
Steef Peters, Kevin R. Turpie, Sindy Sterckx, Peter Gege, Xavier Briottet, Martin Bergeron, Nicole Pinnel, Arnold G. Dekker and Claudia Giardino, Vittorio E. Brando and Bringfried Pflug.

Chapter 5 Summary of recommendations
Arnold G. Dekker

Appendix A.1 Science Traceability Matrix (Inland waters & Wetlands, Estuarine, Delta’s and Lagoon, Seagrasses and Coral Reef, Macro-algae, Shallow Water Bathymetry)
Arnold G.Dekker, Nicole Pinnel, Kevin R. Turpie, Claudia Giardino, Vittorio E. Brando, Steef Peters

Appendix A.2 Sensitivity analysis
Peter Gege , Sindy Sterckx, Arnold G.Dekker

Special Issue “Remote Sensing of Ocean Colour”

A special issue of the journal Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292), dedicated to Remote Sensing of Ocean Colour, is now open for submission. Deadline for manuscript submissions is 30 April 2018.

In this Special Issue, the editors encourage submissions focusing on ocean colour applications, including, but not limited to:

  • Changes/trends/shifts in ocean colour observations
  • Interactions between ocean colour observations and higher trophic levels, including zooplankton and fisheries
  • Biophysical and climate interactions
  • Ocean colour algorithm development, validation and calibration
  • Remotely sensed PFTs including Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
  • Assimilation of ocean colour and other applications of ocean-colour products in modelling

Submissions of multidisciplinary approaches (merging remotely-sensed ocean colour observations with in situ and modelled datasets) addressing ecological issues, are particularly encouraged.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Dionysios Raitsos
Dr. Robert Brewin
Dr. Marie-Fanny Marie-Fanny Racault
Dr. Elodie Martinez
Prof. Shubha Sathyendranath
Prof. Ibrahim Hoteit
Guest Editors

See the Remote Sensing journal link below for manuscript submission information.