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Optimizing Water Availability with Sentinel-1 Satellites (OWAS1S)

Project location Netherlands
Starting date 01 July 2015
Completion date 01 July 2019
Client Stichting voor de Technische Wetenschappen (STW)
Partners UT-Faculty of Engineering Technology (CTW), Wageningen University,
Deltares, HKV, HydroLogic, Provincie Overijssel, Waterschap AA en Maas,
Waterschappen Vechtstromen, Waterschap Groot Salland,
Hoogheemraadschap De Stichtse Rijnlanden, Rijkswaterstaat, STOWA,
ZLTO, Vienna University of Technology
Project leader Rogier van der Velde (ITC-WRS)
Project officer Bert Boer
Project type Contract research
Budget 888,373 EUR total (UT-ITC & CTW share 457,000 EUR)

Many deltas around the world experience increasing pressure on their water systems as a result of changes in supply and demand caused by socio-economic developments as well as climate variability. The grand challenge for regional water managers worldwide is to optimize the amount of water available for all functions according to their respective needs by either retaining or draining water. Indispensable for skillful management of these water systems are reliable up-to-date information on the current situation and models to evaluate the impact of control measures.

The European Sentinel-1 Satellite programme provides a unique opportunity for operational monitoring the water availability from space at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolutions. The project Optimizing Water Availability with Sentinel-1 Satellites (OWAS1S) stands for innovative integration of the freely available global Sentinel-1 satellite data and local knowledge on soil physical processes for optimizing water management of regional water systems by providing spatial information on the surface soil moisture and value-added products, in particular, crop water availability and field trafficability.

The OWAS1S project accommodates three PhD positions focusing on (1) the exploitation of the freely available Sentinel-1 imagery, (2) the translation of surface soil moisture data to the value-added products, and (3) the optimization of operational and strategic water management using spatiotemporal information. The close cooperation with users from knowledge institutes, public and private sectors aims at developing a sustaining application of Sentinel-1 data for operational water management.

The OWAS1S project stands for integration of the freely available global Sentinel-1 satellite data and local knowledge on soil physical processes for optimizing water management of regional water systems by providing spatial information on crop water availability and field trafficability
Figure: The OWAS1S project stands for integration of the freely available global Sentinel-1 satellite data and local knowledge on soil physical processes for optimizing water management of regional water systems by providing spatial information on crop water availability and field trafficability.

 

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