ABOUT THE PROJECT
In Europe, as in other parts of the world, freshwater resources are limited and face increasing pressures, including from climate change, which could have severe consequences for water quality.
SPACE-O is catalysing innovation with an operational service platform designed to increase interoperability among earth observations and modelled services. This provides improved real-time, short to medium term water quantity and quality forecasting in reservoirs, which can promote and support technology innovation that ensures the sustainability of our water resources. By providing better information on water quality and quantity, SPACE-O aims to improve water supply, address environmental challenges and support EU policy implementation through a range of new products and services.
SPACE-O integrates state-of-the-art satellite technology and in-situ monitoring with advanced hydrological, water quality models and ICT tools, into a powerful decision support system. This generates real-time, short- to medium-term forecasting of water flows and quality data in reservoirs, used to optimise water treatment plant operations and establish a complete service line from science to the water business sector.
EOMAP is responsible for the operational processing of EO data for the reservoirs of Aposelemis (Crete) and Mulargia (Sardinia) and is involved in further product and algorithm development. Processing chain output parameters include Chlorophyll-a, Turbidity, Surface Temperature and Harmful Algae Blooms. The fully operational water information portal can be accessed here.