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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

  • Optimizing the Indus Basin Irrigation System and Reservoir Operations using Remotely Sensed Snow Surface Properties in the ParBal Model
  • An AmeriGEOSS Cloud-based Platform for Rapid Deployment of GEOGLOWS Water and Food Security Nexus Decision Support Apps
  • Evaluation of Risk and Capacity Development for Two Indian River Basins
  • Monitoring Surface Water Storage Changes over the Lower Mekong with Multiple Satellite Techniques Towards Sustainable Water Management
  • Eco-hydrological modeling using field-based and Earth Observations to assess water use efficiency and support agricultural water resources management
  • Analysis of Agricultural Water Supply-Demand Imbalance During the Unprecedented California Drought Using NASA Satellite Data
  • Developing a Dynamic SPARROW Water Quality Decision Support System Using NASA Remotely-Sensed Products
  • Development of a Global Evaporative Stress Index Based on Thermal and Microwave LST towards Improved Monitoring of Agricultural Drought
  • Maximizing Utility of Remote Sensing Data for Water Quality Monitoring and Resources Management in Californias Water Systems
  • Operational Remote Sensing of Agricultural Water Use in Cooperation with Western State Water Resource Agencies for Improved Water Management
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service
  • The Global Reservoir and Lake Monitor (G-REALM): Sustained water level monitoring for Agriculture, Regional Security, and Inland Fisheries
  • CyAN: Cyanobacteria Assessment Network
  • 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
  • The Global Reservoir and Lake Monitor (GRLM): Expansion and Enhancement of Water Height Products.
  • Assessing Water Resources in Remote, Sparsely Gauged, Snow-Dominated Mountain Basins
  • Global monitoring of agricultural drought: A contribution to GEO GLAM
  • Adaptation Planning for Climate Change Impacts using Advanced Decision Support and Remote Sensing: Irrigated Agriculture in California's Central Valley
  • 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
  • DEVELOPMENT OF A MULTI-SCALE REMOTE-SENSING BASED FRAMEWORK FOR MAPPING DROUGHT OVER NORTH AMERICA
  • The Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI): An Integrated Approach for Rapid Response Agricultural Drought Monitoring
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Global Reservoir and Lake Monitor (GRLM): Expansion and Enhancement of Water Height Products.
  • Global monitoring of agricultural drought: A contribution to GEO GLAM
  • Satellite Earth Image Products Applied to Development of Regulatory Water Quality Standards
  • The potential impacts of climate change on the seasonal snowpack, reservoir storage, and dam and hydroelectric operations
  • A Land Data Assimilation System for Famine Early Warning
  • A Proto-type Land Surface OSSE Testbed for Obtaining High Resolution Soil Moisture Data for Decision Support Needs
  • Improving Water Quality Management: Use of Earth Observations in SPARROW
  • Project Nile: Distributed hydrological information for water management in the Nile basin
  • Estuary Variance Map for In Situ Sample Station Placement
  • Near Real-time Flood Detection and Mapping
  • Enhancing California's Water Resource Management and Decision Support System to Address Impacts of Climate Change
  • Determining the Feasibilityibility of mapping and monitoring the extent of Cladophora in the Laurentian Great Lakes with multi-scale remote sensing
  • 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
  • Cereal price forecasting in West Africa using NASA Satellite Remote Sensing
  • Benchmarking NASA Snow Research Results in NWS Hydrological Decision Support
  • Developing Seasonal Predictive Capability for Drought Mitigation Decision Support System
  • Integrating Enhanced GRACE Water Storage Data into the U.S. and North American Drought Monitors
  • 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
  • Predicting Right Whale Distributions from Space: An Operational System for Marine Ecosystem Modeling.
  • Integrate Soil Moisture Data and Crop Forecast DSS
  • Enhancement and Expansion of the Near-Real Time Lake and Reservoir Monitoring System.
  • Title Needed - Flood/Innundation Maps
  • 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
  • Optimizing the Indus Basin Irrigation System and Reservoir Operations using Remotely Sensed Snow Surface Properties in the ParBal Model

    This project will use sophisticated research algorithms to create essential water variables (EWVs) for snow and glacier ice. The EWVs will be analyzed as indicators to long-term trends in the Indus River basin that spans the countries of Pakistan,...
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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