EartH2Observe, a complete insight in local and global water availability

The EU FP7 project EartH2Observe that started in January 2014 will end December this year. The project is coordinated by Deltares and has made a huge step forward in the field of integrating and combining available earth observations from different satellite missions, in-situ datasets from various sources and the latest global hydrological and land surface models.

period of drought River de Waal – photo Hans Roode

From the start of the project, the consortium has been working on the construction of a consistent and robust Global Water Resources Reanalyses (WRR) dataset of at least 30 years that does not only include meteorological variables but also water cycle variables. The resulting reanalysis enhances the availability of information on freshwater resources worldwide, and allows for improved insight on the status and existing pressures on global and local water availability in all components of the water cycle such as precipitation, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, discharge and groundwater, and can be used to support efficient water management and decision making.

The project consortium consisted of 27 partners of which 23 European and 4 non-European partners and has been finalized December 2017.

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