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    SPACE-O – Space Assisted Water Quality Forecasting Platform for Optimized Decision Making in Water Supply Services

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    Since the launch of Sentinel-2&3 supplemented with Landsat 7&8 and commercial high-resolution satellites, even small lakes down to less than 100 m in diameter can nowadays be recorded several times a week

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    When the complete SPACE-O service line will be operational water quality satellite and modeled data will be provided like weather data

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    SPACE-O incorporates two full-scale case studies in Aposelemis, Crete (Greece) and Mulargia (Sardinia) as well as 2 scientific experiments in Umeälven river (Sweden) and Lake Garda (Italy)

SPACE-O

Challenge

Water is cutting across multiple societal sectors and technology innovation is recognized as the key means to address our increasingly complex and multidisciplinary water challenges and put us on a more sustainable path while supporting economic growth. Space technology can be a catalyst to promote and support technology innovation to protect and ensure the sustainability of water resources by sustaining an environmental information and services value chain.

Sustainable and efficient use of electricity and chemicals in water treatment operations has been identified as one of the biggest challenges for the water sector, together with intensifying water resources protection and management into sectorial policies. SPACE-O addresses the challenges facing the water industry for achieving more sustainable and cost effective operations that create the basis for adding value water management services.

Approach

SPACE-O is integrating state of the art satellite technology for water quality monitoring and advanced hydrologic and water quality modelling using advanced ICT tools for generating real time, short to medium range water quantity and quality forecasts for reservoirs storing water intended for potable use. A state of the art operational coupling of hydrological, hydrodynamic and water quality models will be established to provide near real time, downscaled water quality forecasts in water reservoirs. Advanced Data Assimilation from EO and in situ sensors will be used to improve short- and long-term forecasts by correcting the model state initialization. Furthermore, a complete operational value chain from EO to water business sector will be established by developing a Decision Support System in order to enable cost-effective and environmental sustainable WTPs operation.

EMVIS is the coordinator of this 2-years innovation project and bears the responsibility for the efficient planning, organization and management of the core tasks of the project, in order to ensure that the vision and the objectives of SPACE-O will be met on-time with the highest quality standards. EMVIS has also a substantial scientific contribution in SPACE-O being responsible for the implementation and operationalization of the hydrodynamic and water quality forecasting service line and the development of the Decision Support System.

Impact

SPACE-O has a direct impact on the water supply sector, providing forecasted information on the water quantity and quality needed to increase the responsiveness of water managers against possible short- to medium-term changes through informed decision-making at the operational level. Better understanding of specific environmental challenges will increase our ability to manage algae blooms and sediment transportation and deposition in reservoirs. Water quality indicators developed on a catchment level will provide a better understanding of the pressures and state of the complete hydrologic system.

Particular focus is given to the potable water supply sector, for which SPACE-O aspires to be a valuable service in addressing sustainability objectives set by the industry such as lower energy and chemical consumption, smaller climate footprint, etc. New and innovative EO based water quality products will be developed to serve the specific user requirements needs while early warning systems will help to prevent and minimize potential pollution caused by harmful algae blooms in reservoirs used for drinking water.

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Climate Change

Climate Change is a key challenge across all environmental, economic and societal domains. EMVIS Consultants work with private and public sector clients to assess, develop, and implement climate change adaptation initiatives in urban environment, infrastructure works and industry. We provide consulting services at operational and strategic decision-making level, for assessing water related risks from climate change and systems vulnerability, adaptation planning, support for planning, design, and implementation of climate-resilient infrastructure, hydrological modelling and assessment, downscaling and evaluation of climate change scenarios for specific regions.

Research and Development

Research and Development

EMVIS has a continuous presence in National and European funded research projects (LIFE+, FP7, Horizon2020), in collaboration with Universities and Research Institutes. The fields of research cover all aspects of water resources and environmental management. The scientific output of these activities has been published in International Journals and Conference Proceedings and provided useful material, enabling the application of novel technologies and approaches to many practical problems.

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Latest News

SPACE-O End User Consultation, 2nd Internal Workshop

SPACE-O End User Consultation, 2nd Internal Workshop

Space Assisted Water Quality Forecasting Platform for Optimized Decision Making in Water Supply Services
SPACE-O End User Consultation, Internal Workshop, Heraklion, March 21-22

SPACE-O End User Consultation, 1st Internal Workshop

SPACE-O End User Consultation, 1st Internal Workshop

Space Assisted Water Quality Forecasting Platform for Optimized Decision Making in Water Supply Services
SPACE-O End User Consultation, Internal Workshop, March 16-17, Cagliari