DRAFT IOCCG Report 17: EO in Support of Water Quality

Available freshwater resources are emerging as a limiting factor not only in quantity, but also in quality, for human development and ecological stability.  We are pleased to announce that a DRAFT IOCCG Report on “Earth Observations in Support of Global Water Quality Monitoring“, edited by S. Greb, A. Dekker and C. Binding, is now available for preview on the IOCCG webpage (low resolution) produced by an IOCCG working group aiming to build stronger linkages between water resources management end users and data providers, to fully realize current and future EO products.  The Working Group was chaired by A. Dekker, P. DIGiacomo and S. Greb,

The final report will be published within the next few months and will be printed by the State Key Laboratory of Satellite Ocean Environment Dynamics, Second Institute of Oceanography, China, which is gratefully acknowledged. Hardcopies of the report can be requested at:  The number of printed copies will depend upon requests received, so please submit your requests as soon as possible.

Note:  Hardcopies of IOCCG Reports 15 (Phytoplankton Functional Types from Space, 2014) and 16 (Ocean Colour Remote Sensing in Polar Seas, 2015) are currently being printed by NOAA and should be mailed within the next few weeks.

Final Programme Announced: Joint GEO AquaWatch and GloboLakes Workshop

The GEOAquawatch_GloboLakes_2018_Final_Workshop_Programme_vers_3.0  was just released for the upcoming Water Quality Information for the Benefit of Society Joint GEO AquaWatch and GloboLakes Workshop, August 28-31, 2018 at The University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.  View the campus map.   We look forward to seeing you at this meeting, or check back for information on joining us remotely for select sessions.

GEO AquaWatch Announces Steering Committee Members

We are so pleased to introduce our distinguished GEO Aqua Watch Steering Committee Members for the inaugural team!

Amos T. Kabo-bah, Earth Observation Research and Innovation Centre, Ghana

Laurence Carvalho, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Edinburgh UK

C.K. Anoop, Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology, Kerala India

Guido Schmidt, EIP Water, Madrid Spain

Sarantuyaa Zandaryaa, UNESCO, Paris France

Leigh Fletcher, Ocean Systems, St. Croix United States Virgin Islands – Chair

Rose Osinde Alabaster, self-employed, Geneva Switzerland

Dwane Young, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC

New EOS Publication: Global Water Clarity

Secchi reading by Tim Plude on Wisconsin’s Lake Tomahawk, October 2012. Credit: Laura Herman

Several GEO AquaWatch experts coauthored a recent publication about combining field observations of secchi depth with remotely sensed satellite inferences.  This effort aligns with the mission and goal of GEO AquaWatch.  Read the article here.

Joint 2018 GEOAquaWatch and GloboLakes Meeting Announcement

Water Quality Information for the Benefit of Society

Earth Observation of inland and coastal water quality: recent developments, priorities & public engagement

29-31 August 2018, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK

A joint meeting co-organised by GEO AquaWatch & the NERC GloboLakes project

GEO AquaWatch and GloboLakes invite contributions to a workshop from the developer and user communities of Earth Observation (EO) data in inland and coastal environments.

Inland and near-shore coastal environments deliver multiple ecosystem services that benefit society, including food, water, energy, navigation and recreation resources that contribute to our economies, whilst also being crucial to regional and global-scale biogeochemical cycles.   Freshwater availability is ranked among the greatest threat to global economy, and yet only a fraction of global inland water systems are routinely monitored for water quality.

The United Nations development agenda now fully recognises the importance of managing water resources to reach sustainable development goals (SDG 6, and related) and fosters collaboration across countries.  Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) also recently deemed satellite-derived lake temperature, ice cover, and water-leaving reflectance as Essential Climate Variables. Data collection by EO satellites is expanding, and its suitability for observing inland and near-coastal water bodies makes remote sensing a valuable source of water quality data and ecosystem condition at local and global scales. The workshop marks the culmination of the six-year GloboLakes project funded by the UK Natural Environmental Research Council, featuring the latest applications of EO to inland and near-shore coastal waters at local, regional and global scales and contributions to improved water management, climate studies, and achieving SDGs. We will foster discussions of data and technology challenges, linkages between EO data providers and stakeholders, community-based water monitoring, and future GEO AquaWatch activities. The workshop will have presentations from many international projects and partnerships, providing unique opportunity to engage with the international water quality EO community.

Logistics: When: 29-31 August 2018

Where: Stirling UK (~30 miles from Edinburgh airport)

Registration:  Cost of Accommodation and Meals £85 per day

Please Click HERE to register and book and pay accommodation and meal

Deadline to Register: 31st July 2018.

Organising committee:

Andrew Tyler: University of Stirling, UK

Evangelos Spyrakos: University of Stirling, UK

Steve Greb: GEO AquaWatch, USA

Carsten Brockmann: Brockmann Consult, Germany

Ghada El Serafy: Deltares, Netherlands

Douglas Cripe: GEO Secretariat, Switzerland

Merrie Beth Neely: GEO AquaWatch, USA