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GEO 2017-2019 Work Program

 

Earth2Observe

Activity ID: 85

Overview

Project EartH2Observe that started in January 2014 brings together the findings from the European FP7 projects: DEWFORA, GLOWASIS, WATCH, and GEOWOW. EartH2Observe will integrate available earth observations from different missions, in-situ datasets from various sources, and state-of-art models to construct a consistent Global Water Resources Reanalysis (WRR) dataset of sufficient length (at least 30 years). The resulting reanalysis will boost the availability of information on freshwater resources worldwide, and will allow for improved insight on the status and existing pressures on global water availability in all components of the water cycle, subsequently supporting efficient water management and decision-making. The WRR will support a range of applications, at various scales and settings (i.e. from local and regional to the pan-European and global levels, from data-rich to data-poor areas), significantly enhancing the capabilities of the research, policy and business communities to evaluate water resources across catchments all over the globe, identify water stress, detect hotspots, deepen the knowledge in trans-boundary catchments, determine water related risks, and plan targeted actions. The usability and operational value of the developed outputs will be verified and demonstrated in a number of case-studies across the world, covering multiple continents, with a variety of hydrological, climatological and governance conditions: Spain, Morocco, Estonia, Ethiopia, Colombia, Australia, New Zealand and Bangladesh. All preliminary and final project results and raw data are available via a Water Cycle Integrator portal at http://wci.earth2observe.eu and are linked to the GEOSS data core. Information about the E2O project can be found at: http://www.earth2observe.eu/

Activities for the period

It is the objective to validate the EO-products based on end-user needs and metrics ensuring the value of the project’s final datasets for local and regional decision-making. We also want to demonstrate the usefulness of the integrated water resources time series at the operational level in regional and local case studies. In order to achieve this, stakeholder workshops and end user need workshops have been organized.

Specific activities include:

  • Validation of earth observatory (EO) products based on end-user needs and metrics ensuring the value of the project’s final datasets for local and regional decision making;
  • Integration of in-situ data on groundwater, surface water, water quality, soil moisture, precipitation and evaporation with EO driven models resulting in a multi-model and multi-data global water resources reanalysis. These datasets are now being documented;
  • Development of a global reanalysis of water resources that supports efficient water management and decision making by the increased availability of information on the variability of freshwater resources worldwide. Demonstration of the usefulness of the integrated water resources time series at the operational level in regional and local case studies in Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, Estonia, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. For the case study in Australia the downscaling and testing of the global forcing data proved successful;
  • Connecting to the GEOSS Water Cycle Integrator (WCI) initiatives and openly providing and sharing the datasets developed in our project to ensure the results will become part of the GEOSS Data-Core encyclopedia. The EartH2Observe data portal has been launched and contains the project’s WRR-1 dataset as well as many other EO datasets. The portal is actively used within the project and already attracts users from outside the project. The WCI portal currently offers access to over 4 terabytes of data, including over 150 indicators from ecosystem model outputs an EO-data with a temporal range spanning some 30 years.

Future plans

Project EartH2Observe started in January 2014 and will be finalized in December 2017 so a number of results have already been produced. The project will ensure the results will become part of the GEOSS Data-CORE encyclopedia, connecting to the GEOSS Water Cycle Integrator (WCI) initiatives and openly providing and sharing the datasets developed in the project. All data produced in the project will be available on open dap in NetCDF and shared by the GEOSS Data-Core.

Resources      

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 603608.

  • Total Cost: € 11,327,917
  • EC Contribution: € 8,869,787

Leadership

Contributors

Members: Australia, EC, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, USA.

Participating Organizations: CEOS, EEA, FAO, WCRP, WMO.

Others: The project consortium of EartH2Observe consists of 27 partners (23 European and 4 non-European) representing 15 counties from 4 continents.

Linkages across the Work Programme

Community Activities: In-Situ Observations and Practices for the Water Cycle.

Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)

Role

Name

Member/PO

Implementing Entity

Email

Lead

Jaap Schellekens

Netherlands

Deltares

jaap.schellekens@deltares.nl

 

 

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