Universität Bonn

Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL)

21. November 2013

Earth observations for global water security Earth observations for global water security

Lawford, R., Strauch, A., Toll, D., Fekete, B. and Cripe, D. (2013): Earth observations for global water security. In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 5 (6), 633-643. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2013.11.009


The combined effects of population growth, increasing demands for water to support agriculture, energy security, and industrial expansion, and the challenges of climate change give rise to an urgent need to carefully monitor and assess trends and variations in water resources. Doing so will ensure that sustainable access to adequate quantities of safe and useable water will serve as a foundation for water security. Both satellite and in situ observations combined with data assimilation and models are needed for effective, integrated monitoring of the water cycle's trends and variability in terms of both quantity and quality. On the basis of a review of existing observational systems, we argue that a new integrated monitoring capability for water security purposes is urgently needed. Furthermore, the components for this capability exist and could be integrated through the cooperation of national observational programmes. The Group on Earth Observations should play a central role in the design, implementation, management and analysis of this system and its products.

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