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The Water Resources Applications area supports the use of Earth observations in water resources management related to water demand, supply, and quality. The program includes five functional themes: drought; stream flow and flood forecasting; evapotranspiration and irrigation; water quality; and climate effects on water resources.

PORTFOLIO

  • Advancing Water Supply Forecasts in the Colorado River Basin for Improved Decision Making
  • Advancing Drought Onset Detection and Seasonal Prediction Using a Composite of NASA Model and Satellite Data
  • Decision Support System (DSS) to Enhance Source Water Quality Modeling and Monitoring using Remote Sensing Data
  • Enhancing the USDA Global Crop Production Decision Support System with NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite Observations
  • Integrating GRACE and GRACE Follow On Data into Flood and Drought Forecasts for the Continental U.S.
  • Optimizing Reservoir Operations for Hydropower Production in Africa through the use of Remote Sensing Data and Seasonal Climate Forecasts
  • Predicting Middle Eastern and African Seasonal Water Deficits using NASA Data and Models
  • Satellite Enhanced Snowmelt Flood Predictions in the Red River of the North Basin
  • Towards Operational Water Resources Management in South Asia Exploiting Satellite Geodetic and Remote Sensing Technologies
  • Assessing Water Resources in Remote, Sparsely Gauged, Snow-Dominated Mountain Basins
  • Fallowed Area Mapping for Drought Impact Reporting and Decision Making
  • Integration of precision NASA snow products with the operations of the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center to improve decision making under drought conditions
  • Mitigation of Drought Impacts on Agriculture through Satellite Irrigation Monitoring and Management Support
  • The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach for Rapid Response Agricultural Drought Monitoring
  • The Global Reservoir and Lake Monitor (GRLM): Expansion and Enhancement of Water Height Products.
  • Adaptation Planning for Climate Change Impacts using Advanced Decision Support and Remote Sensing: Irrigated Agriculture in California's Central Valley
  • Global monitoring of agricultural drought: A contribution to GEO GLAM
  • DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTI-SCALE REMOTE-SENSING BASED FRAMEWORK FOR MAPPING DROUGHT OVER NORTH AMERICA
  • Satellite Earth Image Products Applied to Development of Regulatory Water Quality Standards
  • Improving Water Quality Management: Use of Earth Observations in SPARROW
  • Project Nile: Distributed hydrological information for water management in the Nile basin
  • Enhancing California's Water Resource Management and Decision Support System to Address Impacts of Climate Change
  • A Land Data Assimilation System for Famine Early Warning
  • Mitigation of Drought Impacts on Agriculture through Satellite Irrigation Monitoring and Management Support
  • Adaptation Planning for Climate Change Impacts using Advanced Decision Support and Remote Sensing: Irrigated Agriculture in California's Central Valley
  • Application of Evapotranspiration and Soil Moisture Remote Sensing Products to Enhance Hydrological Modeling for Decision Support in the New York City Water Supply
  • Assessing Water Resources in Remote, Sparsely Gauged, Snow-Dominated Mountain Basins
  • Cloud Computing-based Delivery of Drought Information at Multiple Scales
  • DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTI-SCALE REMOTE-SENSING BASED FRAMEWORK FOR MAPPING DROUGHT OVER NORTH AMERICA
  • Fallowed Area Mapping for Drought Impact Reporting and Decision Making
  • Global monitoring of agricultural drought: A contribution to GEO GLAM
  • Integration of precision NASA snow products with the operations of the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center to improve decision making under drought conditions
  • Integration of remote sensing observations and a web-based decision support system for managing impacts of agricultural droughts on crop yields in heterogeneous landscapes
  • Investigating the Feasibility of Incorporating Remote Sensing and Earth Science Datasets into Existing Frameworks for Improving Water Supply and Drought Forecasts in California
  • The Global Reservoir and Lake Monitor (GRLM): Expansion and Enhancement of Water Height Products.
  • The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach for Rapid Response Agricultural Drought
  • Developing Seasonal Predictive Capability for Drought Mitigation Decision Support System
  • Benchmarking NASA Snow Research Results in NWS Hydrological Decision Support
  • A Proto-type Land Surface OSSE Testbed for Obtaining High Resolution Soil Moisture Data for Decision Support Needs
  • Integrating Enhanced GRACE Water Storage Data into the U.S. and North American Drought Monitors
  • Determining the Feasibilityibility of mapping and monitoring the extent of Cladophora in the Laurentian Great Lakes with multi-scale remote sensing
  • Cereal price forecasting in West Africa using NASA Satellite Remote Sensing
  • The potential impacts of climate change on the seasonal snowpack, reservoir storage, and dam and hydroelectric operations
  • Estuary Variance Map for In Situ Sample Station Placement
  • Near Real-time Flood Detection and Mapping
  • The Feasibilityibility of combining NASA satellite data, general circulation models, and hydrologic model to inform decision making for flood mitigation on the Devils Lake basin of North Dakota
  • A Gulf-Coast Monitoring and Hazards Decision Support Tool - Enhancements Using NASA Earth Science Products, Data and Models
  • WaterNet: The NASA Water Cycle Solutions Network
  • Enhancing Water Management Decision Support Systems with High Spatio-temporal Resolution Mapping
  • What is the value of integrating best estimates of regional evapotranspiration into hydrologic decision support systems?
  • Predicting Right Whale Distributions from Space: An Operational System for Marine Ecosystem Modeling
  • Decision Support for Loblolly Pine C Management
  • Integrate Soil Moisture Data and Crop Forecast DSS
  • Improving Water Resources Management
  • Enhancement of the U.S. Drought Monitor
  • National Drought Decision Support Using NASA Data
  • Use of NASA datasets in NWS River Forecasting
  • Predicting Right Whale Distributions from Space: An Operational System for Marine Ecosystem Modeling.
  • Enhancement and Expansion of the Near-Real Time Lake and Reservoir Monitoring System.
  • Title Needed - Flood/Innundation Maps
  • Advancing Water Supply Forecasts in the Colorado River Basin for Improved Decision Making

The novel use of satellite-based gravity data in combination with advanced modeling techniques has given us a unique perspective on groundwater that was not resolvable through just ground-based observations.
Brian Wardlow
National Drought Mitigation Center
This effort is of substantial value to the California Department of Water Resources’ efforts to support ongoing improvements in agricultural water use efficiency and strategic planning for mitigation of drought impacts.
Bekele Temesgen
California Department of Water Resources
The project’s data have already improved our runoff forecasts which will benefit our stakeholders who manage reservoirs and water…
Kevin Werner
Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
We are entering another era in streamflow forecasting. We’ve never used remote sensing data for real-time streamflow forecasting at our center.
Kevin Werner
Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
Your [NASA project team’s data product] gives us a clue to the snow above the highest instrument and the elevation at which there is no snow.
Steve Nemeth
California Department of Water Resources
The NASA data helps us better understand what impact heat has on health.
Judith Qualters
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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