Using satellite data for water management

IWA Digital Water Programme Digital water

Target Audience

Water utility operators, water utility managers, water utility staff responsible for source management, water technology and ICT staff, researchers, academics


Water utilities and the populations they serve are facing a range of dynamic pressures, as catchment areas are affected by global climate change and local land use changes, with consequences on water sources upstream. How can we use satellite information to manage upstream processes that could affect the quality of drinking water sources?

This webinar will explore how new platforms that integrate Earth Observation technologies and advanced modelling are being developed and used by water utilities for forecasting and early warning, optimising water service provision and ensuring public health.

State of the art operational tools integrating Earth Observations (EO) and advanced modelling, along with early detection response can support water managers to fill in data gaps, and use forecasted information for optimised water service provision while ensuring public health.

This webinar will explore how platforms which use EO technologies are being developed and used by water utilities and other water users to monitor water quality and providing early warning for improved water management.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
• Learn about technologies that use EO and modelling, that can enable improved management, distribution and regulation of water resources.
• Recognise how these technologies will evolve over time improving how their water utility can more seamlessly connect through their value chain to address their current and future challenges.
• Share ideas on how innovation can be streamlined into policy instruments, specifically how to bridge silos between EO technologies and policy implementation requirements


Matthew Stephenson (Director - Water Utilities and Technical Services Division UK, SUEZ)