RESEWAM-O makes progress
RESEWAM-O is an acronym for “Remote Sensing for Water Management Optimisation”- one of 16 new EIP Water Action Groups established in April 2014. The Action Group aims to develop agricultural Adaptation to Climate Change activities using Earth Observation Remote Sensing techniques and water management solutions in order to enhance socio-economic and environmental values in water-sensitive areas.
RESEWAM-O has recently obtained TVDI - Temperature Vegetation Dryness Index - results from the Jucar River and the Segura River basins in Spain as the pilot areas to start developing its methodology. These results, together with Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) data have been obtained for the years 2009-2013 with a spatial resolution of one kilometer. In addition, wastewater treatment plants classified according to their different treatment types have been added using ArcInfo GIS software. The figure above shows an example presenting the TVDI data for one week in March 2013 - the red sections indicate extremely dry areas, the dark blue sections show wet areas, and the coloured dots indicate the treatment plants by type. This mapping will allow for a preliminary selection of significant sensitive areas to start developing engineering feasibility studies.
RESEWAM-O presented its activities at the Spanish Technological Platform on Water on 11th June and will showcase its work at two forthcoming events in August, namely the 40th COSPAR Scientific Assembly in Moscow and the ESA Earth Observation Summer School on Earth System Monitoring & Modelling. On September 22-26th, RESEWAM-O will present its preliminary achievements at the 4th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing in Valencia.