Monitoring the World's Water Quality from Space

by | Jun 9, 2015


The online eoApp provides a repository of satellite-derived water-quality measurements, such as this look at Chlorophyll-A in a segment of lakes in Minnesota.

Germany-based EOMAP launched a new worldwide service that uses remote-sensing techniques with high-resolution satellite imagery to monitor the water quality of inland and coastal waters. The eoApp Web application provides easy access to data derived from proprietary physics-based processing of satellite sensors.

Intelligence from the imagery includes:

  • Water turbidity
  • Chlorophyll concentrations
  • Organic/inorganic components

There's a growing requirement for water-quality information along with the need to detect long-term trends. Detailed information can be derived from satellite imagery going back 30 years, which greatly improves the understanding and assessment of surface-water trends over a broad geography.

With our new service, harmonized water-quality information has never been easier and faster to access or incorporate into the business workflows of water agencies and industries such as dredging, desalination or aquaculture, said Thomas Heege, EOMAP CEO.

The online-accessible data repository includes data examples from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and North and South America. The data cover thousands of lakes, dams and rivers, and can be expanded based on demand to local, regional or continental scales.


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