Using Space Enabled Water Quality Forecasting in Decision Making
Drinking water accounts for around 18% of total fresh water abstractions in the European Union, and is treated and supplied by almost 70,000 utilities. While freshwater resources are already limited, they face increasing pressures from drought, flooding, pollution, population growth, as well as demands for other uses including agriculture, energy production, recreation and ecosystem protection. Environmental and financial impacts have often been underestimated. Technological innovation is instrumental in addressing our increasingly complex and multidisciplinary water challenges. Space technology is part of promoting and supporting innovation by providing environmental information which can be used to improve preparedness and planning by water utilities and other end users.
This event will showcase how satellite technology combined with local monitoring and advanced modelling can be used to improve operations and performance of service providers downstream, such as reservoir managers and water utilities. Developments from the SPACE-O project will be highlighted, the outputs incorporates Earth Observation data and the use of models to provide information on water quality and flows forecasting. The event will focus on the economic impact of turbidity and algal blooms on water operations and how such tools can inform decision making on preparedness for changes in water quality and quantity.
Setting the scene – how can satellite technology combined with local monitoring and advanced modelling be used to improve reservoir’s management and performance of service providers downstream
Apostolis Tzimas, EMVIS
Demonstration of the decision support system components:
1. Environmental Information system
2. Early Warning System
3. Optimizing performance in water treatment plants
Evangelos Romas, EMVIS
Discussion with audience – how can this type of technology reduce the economic impact of algal blooms and turbidity?
1. How would you use the information provided by the tools in practice? Who would find it useful and how would they apply it?
2. What type of investments have been undertaken to reduce or deal with algal blooms and/or turbidity?
3. What information is missing and do you think such technology can fill this gap?
Moderators: Katharine Cross and Carolina Latorre, IWA