Working Groups

AquaWatch has have five Working Groups (WGs). The function of the WGs is to support timely and successful project implementation and task execution, and provide necessary scientific, technical and other support as required for projects, tasks and activities.

Working Group 1 – Outreach and User Engagement

WG-1 is responsible for outreach to the (potential) users of water quality data, products and derived information. The group will be tasked with generating a communication strategy for the community of practice that will allow for advocacy of Earth Observations in support of water quality monitoring and forecasting and general engagement of diverse users across the globe.

Working Group Co-Chairs

  • Carsten Brockmann, Brockmann Consult GmbH
  • Emily Smail, University of Maryland/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

Working Group Members

  • Michael Natschke, Kisters AG
  • Adrian Strauch, University of Bonn
  • Jennifer Dorton, SECOORA

Working Group 2 – Observations and Data

WG-2 is responsible for evaluating, generating and refining algorithms, protocols, supporting calibration and validation, and linking key data sets from remote sensing and in situ data sources.

Working Group Co-Chairs

  • Maycira Costa, University of Victoria
  • Philipp Saile, Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) and United Nations Environment Programme-GEMS/ Water

Working Group Members

  • Laurence Carvalho, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Miroslaw Darecki, Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Gerardo Toro-Farmer, University of South Florida
  • Hans Peter Grossart, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries
  • Bilqis Hoque, Environment and Population Research Centre 
  • Peter Hunter, University of Stirling 
  • Cedric Jamet, Laboratoire d'Océanologie et de Géosciences
  • Anders Jensen Knudby, University of Ottowa
  • Harald Krawczyk, German Aerospace Center, Remote Sensing Technology Institute
  • Tiit Kutser, University of Tartu
  • Zhong Ping Lee, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • George Leshkevich, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Soo Chin Liew, National University of Singapore 
  • Mark Matthews, CyanoLakes
  • Wes J. Moses, United States Naval Research Laboratory
  • Michael Natschke, KISTERS AG
  • Nima Pahlevan, National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
  • Suhyb Salama, University of Twente
  • John F. Schalles, Creighton University
  • Frank Schlaeger, KISTERS AG
  • Evangelos Spyrakos, University of Stirling
  • Andrew Tyler, University of Stirling
  • Maria Tzotziou, City College of New York
  • Anthony Vodacek, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Guangming Zheng, Global Science and Technology (NOAA-Affiliate)

Working Group 3 – Products and Information

WG-3 is responsible for identifying, generating and evaluating products derived from complementary remote sensing and in situ data sets, as well as supporting modeling and data assimilation activities for regional and global water quality nowcasts, forecasts and predictions. This group will work to facilitate routine and sustained production of fit for purpose products for use in the scientific community as well as information products for policy makers, decision makers, and the general public.

Working Group Co-Chairs

  • Blake Schaeffer, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Ghada El Serafy, Deltares 

Working Group Members

  • Damien Bouffard, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • Laurence Carvalho, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Maycira Costa, University of Victoria 
  • Miroslaw Darecki,  Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Deltares
  • Gerardo Toro-Farmer, University of South Florida
  • Steve Groom, Plymouth Marine Lab
  • Angelica Gutierrez, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Paul Hanson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Thomas Heege, EOMAP GmbH & Co.
  • Peter Hunter, University of Stirling
  • Cedric Jamet, Laboratoire d'Océanologie et de Géosciences 
  • Klaus Joehnk, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
  • Philip Klinger, EOMAP GmbH & Co.
  • Els Knaeps, VITO
  • Anders Jensen Knudby, Univesrity of Ottowa
  • Tiit Kutser, University of Tartu
  • Zhong Ping Lee, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • George Leshkevich, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
  • Soo Chin Liew, National University of Singapore
  • Stephen C. Maberly, Center for Hydrology and Ecology
  • Mark Matthews, CyanoLakes
  • Emilio Mayorga, University of Washington 
  • Michael Natschke, KISTERS AG
  • Daniel Odermatt, Odermatt & Brockmann GmbH
  • Emily Read, United States Geological Survey 
  • Ills Reusen, VITO
  • Kevin Rose, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy
  • Philipp Saile, Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) and United Nations Environment Programme-GEMS/ Water
  • John F. Schalles, Creighton University 
  • Frank Schlaeger, KISTERS, AG
  • Richard "Dick" Smith, United States Geological Survey 
  • Anthony Vodacek, Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Guangming Zheng, Global Science and Technology (NOAA-Affiliate)
  • Ru Morrison, NERACOOS, USA

Working Group 4 – Distribution, Access, and Visualization

WG-4 is responsible for making products and derived information generated (and/or facilitated) by WG-3 visually appealing and broadly accessible to target audiences. The group will also work to distribute scientific, technical and other outputs to applicable end users.

Working Group Chair

  • Steve Groom, Plymouth Marine Lab 

Working Group Members

  • Deltares
  • Paul Hanson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Thomas Heege, EOMAP GmbH & Co.
  • Philip Klinger,  EOMAP GmbH & Co. 
  • Els Knaeps VITO
  • George Leshkevich, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
  • Michael Natschke
  • Ills Reusen, KISTERS AG
  • Philipp Saile, Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) and United Nations Environment Programme-GEMS/ Water
  • Blake Schaeffer, United States Environmental Protection Agency 
  • John F. Schalles, Creighton University 
  • Frank Schlaeger, KISTERS AG 
  • Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
  • Paris Collingsworth, Purdue University and Illinois-Indiana SeaGrant

Working Group 5 – Education and Capacity Building

WG-5 is responsible for educational content for policy makers, decision makers, and the general public. This group will also support, identify and lead capacity building efforts in developed and developing nations to expand the effective and timely utilization of Earth observations for societal benefits.

Working Group Co-Chairs

  • Bilqis Hoque,  Environment and Population Research Centre 
  • Andrew Tyler, University of Stirling 

Working Group Members

  • Laurence Carvalho, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • Paul Hanson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Erin Hester, North Carolina State University 
  • Peter Hunter, University of Stirling 
  • Kevin Rose, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy 
  • Suhyb Salama, University of Twente
  • Blake Schaeffer, United States Environmental Protection Agency 
  • Anthony Vodacek, Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • Kathleen Weathers, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies