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2023 GEO AquaWatch Biennial 1-day Meeting: Toward Water Quality Forecasting

November 13, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Water Quality Information for the Benefit of Society

Earth Observation of inland and coastal water quality: Toward water quality forecasting

13 November 2023, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA 

a meeting of GEO AquaWatch in conjunction with the IOCS Meeting 

GEO AquaWatch invites you to a one-day workshop of the inland and coastal water quality community in conjunction with the ocean color science community.  

Participants are now invited to submit abstracts for both oral and coastal presentations. Abstracts will be accepted for consideration until April 30, 2023. A broad range of Earth Observation topics are welcome from algorithm development to understanding the needs of the user community..  Early Career water quality professionals and scientists from groups and geographic regions under-represented in science are especially encouraged to apply.  

Our workshop theme is Toward Water Quality Forecasting. 

The use of Earth Observation (EO) for water quality applications is rapidly advancing. Inland and near-shore coastal environments deliver multiple ecosystem services that benefit society and yet only a fraction of global inland water systems are routinely monitored for water quality.  Observing inland and near-coastal water bodies makes remote sensing a valuable source of data on water quality and ecosystem condition at local and global scales. 

This workshop will be an opportunity for the community to respond to outcomes of the recent United Nations Water Conference and Water Action Agenda to reach sustainable development goals (SDG 6, and related).   Other global initiatives like the UN Ocean Decade, the Convention on Wetlands, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, all hinge on better water management coordination and decision-making to benefit society.

Water quality forecasting contributes to improved water management, climate studies, and achieving SDGs. Focusing our workshop on EO  multiscale forecasting of inland and near-shore coastal water conditions will be timely. Discussions of forecasting tools and observing opportunities provided by the upcoming PACE and GLIMR and Australian AquaWatch CSIRO missions are especially relevant in prioritising future GEO AquaWatch activities, and this will be a workshop outcome. 

GEO AquaWatch has a strong emphasis on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) policies and these principles will be encouraged in setting the programme. Meeting participants will be expected to be aware of and follow GEO AquaWatch’s new Code of Conduct during discussions.   

Meeting Logistics: When: 13 November 2023; 08:30-17:00 local time.   Fees: none  Travel Funds: none

Where: University of South Florida St Petersburg Campus (22 miles and 23 minutes southwest of Tampa International Airport), location is likely to be the University Student Center (campus map)  NOTE: there are several local USF campuses, this one is in St. Petersburg! 

Abstract Submission Deadline 30th April 2023.  Abstract Guidelines.

Registration and Abstract Submission Form 


November 13, 2023
8:30 am - 5:00 pm


GEO AquaWatch
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Saint Petersburg, Florida
University of South Florida St Petersburg Campus
St. Petersburg, FL 33701 United States
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