Improving water quality is one of the major societal challenges worldwide and consequently a key issue in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (especially Sustainability Goal 6 ‘Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all’). Strategies and measures to reach this goal require coherent determination, analysis and visualization of water quality from regional to global scales. The GlobeWQ project will deliver a prototype for such an analysis and service platform.
The main goals of GlobeWQ are thus:
GlobeWQ is embedded in the World Water Quality Alliance led by the UN Environment Programme with the challenging task to compile a World Water Quality Assessment by 2023 on current and future freshwater quality. The GlobeWQ project is a direct continuation of the pre-study that resulted in a snapshot of world's water quality and a roadmap for a worldwide assessment. The GlobeWQ project is associated to the BMBF funding measure Water as a Global Resource (GRoW).
The GlobeWQ Platform integrates data from in-situ measured, remote sensing based and water quality models to inform about water quality hotspots, trends as well as the underlying drivers.
Evolving platform capabilities
We are currently developing and testing the platform by ingesting data and establishing the data interfaces to our partners and data providers. The first prototype is focused on the Lake Victoria and its tributaries. The platform currently provides access to in-situ data from the Global Freshwater Quality Database GEMStat, total modelled phosphorus loadings to the tributaries of Lake Victoria and satellite-derived water quality data. Starting in 2020, medium resolution satellite-derived water quality data (Sentinel-3) is available for the entire Lake Victoria area.
Soon, further capabilities will be implemented and the spatial coverage will be expanded. For example, in the next phase enhanced capabilities for visualizing state and trends of water quality will be implemented.
Under this category we will regularly provide in-depth insights into water quality analysis and use cases of underlying triangulation approach of GlobeWQ.
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Pilot Project to create a 'Global Water Quality Analysis and Service Platform' –
GlobeWQ Pilotprojekt Analyse- und Service-Plattform Globale Wasserqualität
The GlobeWQ project is financed by the BMBF funding measure Water as a Global Resource (GRoW) supervised by Projektträger Karlsruhe (PTKA), Division for Water Technology.
Project number: 02WGR1527A
Duration: 01.10.2019 – 30.09.2022
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Magdeburg & Leipzig
Lead: Prof. Dr. Dietrich Borchardt
Contact: Dr. Ilona Bärlund
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)
Contact: Prof. Dr. Martina Flörke
EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG, Seefeld
Contact: Dr. Thomas Heege
Terrestris GmbH & Co. KG, Bonn
Contact: Hinrich Paulsen
UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Contact: Dr. Hartwig Kremer
German Environment Agency (UBA)
Contact: Dr. Lilian Busse
European Environment Agency (EEA)
Dr. Stéphane Isoard
International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change (UNESCO)
Contact: Dr. Philipp Saile
Program supervision on behalf of BMBF provided by Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA)