Water quality monitoring is a large multi-faceted field with many areas that need to be addressed. The GEO Water Quality Community of Practice (AquaWatch) has chosen to focus on transforming data to information based on user needs within this water quality theme.
The mission of AquaWatch is to:
Deliver, on a routine and sustained basis, timely, consistent, accurate and fit-for-purpose water quality data products and information to support water resource management and decision making in coastal and inland waters.
The overall goal of AquaWatch is to produce a global water quality monitoring and forecasting service within 10 years. It is envisioned that this will be accomplished by incrementally completing service-related projects and tasks that will be integrated into the overarching global water quality monitoring and forecasting service.
Activities for the period
AquaWatch is supported part time by a NOAA-funded Secretariat based in College Park, MD. Other support includes the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG) support of the web page. All other support (time, travel) is supported by in-kind contributions.
Over 50 individuals from various organizations including state, federal, and international governmental agencies, private consulting companies, non-profit organizations, nongovernmental organizations and academic institutions.
Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)