WaterWorld: Spatial policy support tool for sustainable development
Policy for sustainable development can be better (more equitable and more effective) when based on the available scientific evidence. The WaterWorld freely available web based tool is thus focused on bridging the gap from scientific data and knowledge to policy and management decision-making by building and deploying data-intensive, science-based spatial policy support systems (PSS).
WaterWorld is a testbed for the development and implementation of land and water related policies for sites and regions globally, enabling their intended and unintended consequences to be tested on a computer or via computer simulation (in silico) before they are tested in the real world (in vivo). WaterWorld can also be used to understand the hydrological and water resources baseline and water risk factors associated with specific activities under current conditions and under scenarios for land use, land management and climate change.
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- UK expertise
- Use of Earth Observation data
- Case Study
The model incorporates the latest detailed (global) spatial (EO) datasets at high resolution and spatial models for biophysical and socio-economic processes along with scenarios for climate, land use and economic change.
Spatial datasets: at 1-square km and 1 hectare resolution.
Coverage: entire world.
WaterWorld contains spatial models for biophysical and socio-economic processes along with scenarios for climate, land use and economic change. A series of interventions (policy options) are available which can be implemented and their consequences traced through the socio-economic and biophysical systems.
Data for application of this model anywhere globally (from remote sensing and other global sources) is provided but users can also use this model with their own datasets. Application with the provided datasets takes only half an hour and requires no GIS capacity. Bringing in user datasets will take much longer depending on the availability, level of processing, format and consistency of those datasets and also requires GIS capacity.
Chair’s welcome – Presented by: Mr Mmboneni Muofhe, GEO Co-chair and Principal/Head of South Africa’s Delegation to GEO, South Africa.
Mr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa and oversees the South Africa’s Space Science and Technology Strategy, among other strategies. Previously, he was the DDG for International Cooperation and Resources and Co-chaired the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He has also assisted the development of the South African Earth Observation Strategy (SAEOS).
Satellite Earth Observation; from mission to climate data products for resilience building – Presented by: Beth Greenaway, UKSA. PDF will be available here after event
Beth Greenaway is Head of Earth Observation and Climate at the UK Space Agency where she leads on Earth Observation policy, strategy and funding. Beth devised the UK Environmental Observation Framework and was fundamental to production of the Data Sharing Action Plan through the GEO Data Sharing Working Group. Beth brings a broad knowledge and enthusiasm for the whole Earth Observation system, facilitating growth and innovation and solutions to societal issues.
EO derived climate services for implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement – Presented by: Briony Turner, Space4Climate. PDF will be available here after event
Briony Turner is the Climate Services Development Manager for the Space4Climate group and a Steering Group member of the London Climate Change Partnership. She previously worked for the UK Climate Impacts Programme and is completing a PhD on mainstreaming climate change adaptation in England’s social housing sector at King’s College London.
Look back to look forward – Presented by: John Firth, Acclimatise. PDF will be available here after event
John has over 25 years’ extensive experience of integrating climate change into decision-making and risk management processes. As CEO of Acclimatise, he is involved in a number of international climate service initiatives, including The Collider and the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), where he is a member of the governing board.
These case studies will form 5 minute oral presentations on the discussion tables, helping to provide tangible examples for table participants to discuss as well as drawing on their own experiences as data providers, users or clients. Table discussion will be facilitated around the following topics:
- Ways in which Earth Observation data help strengthen/provide new climate services
- Data accessibility: Technologies, infrastructure and cost
- Earth observation data quality and reliability
- Challenges and enabling factors for the use of EO data in climate resilience building
Download all the case studies [Available after event, 20th June]
Improving Food Security with Earth Observations: GEO Global Agriculture Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM) – Presented by: Yana Gevorgyan, NOAA/GEO, U.S. PDF available here
Understanding factors associated with weather warning responses in marine fishermen – Presented by: Krishna Malakar, IDP in Climate Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. PDF available here
Using Earth Observation Tools for Cities: Challenges and Opportunities – Presented by: Neuni Farhad, C40. PDF will available here on the 19th June.
Identification and Classification of Coastal Towns and Cities: Prioritising the implementation of Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives in Denmark – Presented by: Madhuri Gotety, Aalborg University. PDF available here
Probabilistic rainfall nowcasting warning system for flash flood risk management – Presented by: Angelica Nardo Caseri, Cemaden. PDF available here
Earth observation: Supporting strategic climate resilience building in financial services – Presented by: Laura Canevari, Acclimatise. PDF available here
Climate Data Store: authoritative hub of climate information for understanding past and future impact of climate change across a variety of market sectors. – Presented by: Briony Turner, Space4Climate. PDF available here
Wind Storm Information Service (WISC) – enhancing the insurance sector’s understanding of the nature of windstorms over the European continent. – Presented by: Beth Greenaway, UKSA. PDF available here
Applying the ECA approach to climate insurance – Presented by: Sönke Kreft, UNU. PDF available here
How best to engage potential users with National Centers for Environmental Information’s (NCEI) climate and weather data – Presented by: Briony Turner on behalf of John Firth, Acclimatise. PDF available here
Evaluating multiple lines of evidence on evolving climate-related disease risks – Presented by: Dr Tegan Blaine, USAID. PDF available here
Climate Driven Risk of Dengue Virus Transmission in Sonora, Mexico – Presented by: Cory Morin, University of Arizona. PDF available here
A new tool for satellite-based monitoring environmental effects on Health – Presented by: Celestino Gómez Cid, Gmv Innovating, Solutions Ltd]. PDF available here
About Adaptation Futures
Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), an initiative hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to guide and bring coherence to adaptation research worldwide . The last conference was held in 2016 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with over 1700 attendees from more than 100 countries. This year, organisers anticipate over a 1000 participants from academia, government, civil society and business, all aiming to take climate adaptation forward.
- UK Space Agency
- Group on Earth Observations
- Acclimatise Showcase: Exploring the value of data for NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information
- Reinsurance industry use of NCEI data, infographic (PDF)
- WEF Global Risks Report 2018
If you’d like to organise a side meeting or press interview with us, please contact Briony Turner
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