Apply for the 2022 African Women in Science Program by December 15th!

The African Women in Science program is a transformative initiative for early-career African women scientists from the African Great Lakes region. The program aims to build capacity and offer mentorship opportunities for African women scientists who are actively engaged in African Great Lakes and freshwater research.  ​Open to women ages 25-40, participants will be a part of a 10-month cohort of African women scientists and become the next generation of African women scientists catalyzing positive change in the African Great Lakes.

This opportunity is made possible by the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education and the International Institute for Sustainable Development.  Find out more and apply here.

AWIS is a ten-month program that integrates learning experiences from a cohort of peers and a variety of experts and mentors. The 2022 program will be a hybrid program, with many components taking place online, and a one-month international immersion experience in North America. Participants have ongoing assignments related to core components. Program components include:


      • Leadership Development
      • Scientific Skills
      • Communications Techniques
      • Networking Strategy


      • Take part in events at international symposia, which includes meeting other early-, mid-, and late-career women scientists to build a supportive community and mentor-mentee relationships

      • Attend international conferences to present work and integrate into the larger scientific community


      • Connect individually with senior scientists, and other experts for insights, advice and problem-solving related to research and careers

International Connections. Each participant will be invited to attend the annual Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, North America, to:​

      • Increase the global view of freshwater resources, for themselves, and others

      • Gain input on their research, writing, scientific approaches

      • Enhance their network of expertise to solve issues they face

      • Strengthen future opportunities for research, careers, and knowledge

      • Offer solutions and input to other global freshwater experts

Project-Based Learning

      • Work on a project in a small group or individually that may be related to their current work, or another topic they can explore through the program

      • Develop end products that may include a short paper or journal article on their topic, a funding proposal or presentation that compares aspects of different lakes with input from peers and mentors

      • Present resent projects at the end of the program


What participants give:

      • Commit to full participation in monthly programming over the course of 10 months

      • Use the experiences to build your current work

      • Complete assignments based on core program components

      • Map in their progress journey along the way to share with the group

      • Have opportunities to present work/research to the larger scientific community

What participants get:

      • Make peer connections in a transboundary cohort

      • Build their professional network, locally, regionally, globally

      • Receive feedback from the larger scientific community

      • Grow your professional network

      • Take part in relevant skills training

      • Gain insight to grow leadership

2021 GEO Highlights Report Just Published!

The stakes have never been higher when it comes to translating scientific findings from Earth observations into policy decisions and actionable results. The GEO Work Programme brings together Members, Participating Organizations, GEO Associates, and other partners to collaboratively develop Earth observation based solutions to society’s most pressing problems. This report features success stories from around the world that address information needs in specific areas where Earth observation is critical to advancing engagement.

Abstract Deadline Extended! ESA Living Planet ’22: A7.06 EO for Monitoring Water Quality….

Abstracts are invited for a special session on water quality, A7.06 ‘EO for monitoring water quality and ecological status in inland waters’, as part of the ESA Living Planet Symposium, Bonn, 23rd – 27th May 2022 (

The session will focus on the innovative use of Earth Observation for water quality monitoring and ecological research. We will interpret inland waters in a broad sense to include nearshore coastal environments. The full session description is included below.

The call for abstracts is now open with a submission deadline of 10 December 2021 (EXTENDED!)

A7.06 EO for monitoring water quality and ecological status in inland waters

Session Description: Inland waters are important and vulnerable ecosystems that, despite covering a relatively small area of the Earth’s surface, support a disproportionate amount of biodiversity and ecosystem services, providing numerous benefits to humans such as food provisioning, transportation, and recreation. Moreover, inland waters are increasingly threatened by anthropogenic pressures including climate change, land use intensification and eutrophication. Satellite remote sensing can contribute to monitoring and understanding changes in water quality parameters (turbidity, chlorophyll etc.), ecological status (e.g., trophic status, toxic algal blooms) and ecological processes (e.g., primary production) in inland waters, providing valuable data for investigating the drivers and impacts of these changes, and supporting water resources management and decision-making. In recent years, there has been a shift from remote sensing studies focused on individual waterbodies to the development of products that can be applied at a regional or global scale, including efforts to generate global products that combine information from several satellite sensors to produce multi-decadal records of lake parameters. However, there is still much to be done to generate Earth Observation algorithms and data products, that are robust across the wide concentrations ranges of optically active water constituents present in inland waters. This session aims to showcase the development and application of new methods for monitoring water quality and ecological status of inland waters using satellite Earth Observation technologies. Contributions are particularly welcomed that describe novel approaches (e.g., using machine learning, ensemble classifiers, cloud computing and new satellite sensors) that are applicable across multiple waterbodies and that allow investigation of long-term temporal dynamics and spatial patterns within and between inland waters. We seek presentations which demonstrate a holistic approach to characterizing inland water ecosystems, integrating remote sensing, in situ data and modelling. Of particular interest would be projects which leverage technology or unique capacity development techniques to get the water quality information into the hands of decision-makers to improve water resource management.

Convenors: Emma Tebbs (King’s College London); Carmen Cillero (3edata); Merrie Beth Neely (GEOAquaWatch); Ils Reusen (VITO Remote Sensing); Stefan Simis (Plymouth Marine Laboratory); Evangelos Spyrakos (University of Stirling)


Register today! Advanced ARSET Training: Water Quality II

ARSET – Monitoring Coastal and Estuarine Water Quality Using Remote Sensing and In Situ Data

November 30-December 7, 2021.  This two-part, advanced webinar series is a follow-on to the training on coastal and estuarine water quality held in September 2021. It is a hands-on training with demos provided by instructors, followed by an hour of lab time for participants to use Level-1 MODIS and VIIRS data provided by the Ocean Biology DAAC (OB.DAAC) and SeaDAS and OCSSW software for deriving water quality parameters. These will include chlorophyll-a concentration, sea surface temperature, and suspended particulate matter from optical satellite imagery and in situ measurements using the SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System (SeaBASS), a public repository of in situ oceanographic and atmospheric data, and SeaDAS, a comprehensive software package for the processing, display, analysis, and quality control of remote sensing data. This training will provide participants with the skills to combine in situ measurements and optical remote sensing data to assess water quality for their area of interest.


REGISTER (SESSION A): 10:00-12:00 (UTC-5)

REGISTER (SESSION B): 14:00-16:00 (UTC-5)

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