WaterWatch is a scientific advisory firm, active in the niche of remote sensing and water resources management. Satellite image analysis to support water management applications is the core activity of WaterWatch. The portfolio covers essentially irrigation and drainage studies throughout the world, but also environmental studies towards the allocation of ecological water demands in river basins. WaterWatch executes projects with an applied research component in many countries e.g. Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka, etc.
WaterWatch and Space
WaterWatch is the original developer and intellectual owner of Surface Energy Balance Algorithm for Land (SEBAL). SEBAL computes actual, potential and reference evapotranspiration, root zone soil moisture and biomass growth from low resolution (1 km) and high resolution (30 m) satellite images with minimum inputs.
Albeit improving water management ranks high on political agenda's, there are hardly operational methods available that provide the appropriate agronomical and hydrological data.
WaterWatch helps in providing key data for integrated water and environmental resources plans in regions where complete and accessible data records are scarce.
WaterWatch projects focus on e.g. crop water productivity or water use efficiency; irrigation and drainage performance; agricultural and ecological drought analysis; water conservation and water savings; water resources in rural areas; water use planning.