Omniscient GRACE – Using NASA satellites to observe global water resources

A post from Laura Sanchez, from the Water Efficiency magazine editor’s blog, noted that two new satellites were launched into space on May 22nd to monitor the changes in the distribution of water. See below for further details.

Omniscient GRACE

Perspective often grants us the vantage point necessary to observe things with clarity. When Carl Sagan described gazing back at the earth from space in Pale Blue Dot, many of us were, for the first time, able to visualize our home planet from afar and reflect on it in the context of the universe.

On May 22, SpaceX launched a group of satellites into space that included two specialized satellites for NASA, which will offer scientists a similar perspective. The satellites, part of the Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment Follow On (GRACE-FO) mission, will study changes in the distribution of water on Earth.

Click on the following link to continue reading Laura’s post: Omniscient GRACE – using satellites to observe global water resources.

EOS: Earth, Space and Science News Magazine – May 2018

This month’s issue of the AGU’s EOS: Earth, Space and Science News magazine (Volume 99 No. 5), presents articles on topics such as, problems of living in a seismic zone, sampling the stratosphere, climate models, the garbage hot spot of the Pacific, tracking magma flow, soft tissue fossils, climate change risks, satellite based monitoring for water quality, climate response and geoengineering, flash floods, as well as, American Geophysical Union (AGU) related news.

Earth, Space and Science News - May 2018
Earth, Space and Science News – May 2018

Persons wishing to view this issue can send an email or visit me at my desk.

Coral reef early warning system deployed in Soufriere

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), University of Florida, and the government of St Lucia (Department of fisheries) formed an alliance to undertake a Caribbean Climate Change Adaptation Project. According to Albert Jones, CCCCC Representative, “The project encompasses adaptation measures in the Eastern and […]

via Coral reef early warning system deployed in Soufriere — caribbeanclimate

Inside the Internet of Things – Making water utilities smarter

The article below by Dan Rafter, published April 2 2018, highlights how the IoT (Internet of Things) is allowing water utilities to get smart and provide a better service to customers, as well as, manage the operations of the water utility.

Inside the Internet of Things

Making water utilities smarter

Dan Rafter – April 2 2018.

When you think of the Internet of Things movement, or IoT for short, you might think of a refrigerator that tells its users when a bottle of milk is getting old. Or maybe you picture an alarm clock that not only wakes you up at 5:30 a.m. but also tells your coffee maker to start brewing your favorite cup of joe.

The IoT movement has great potential to change our lives. Simply put, IoT refers to devices at work or at home that are all connected to the Internet and that all then talk to each other and share data.

The home version of the IoT movement sounds like fun. A sensor in your car can tell the lights in your home’s living room to switch on minutes before you pull into your driveway.

But what about in the workplace? And what about for water utilities? Does the IoT movement have a place in water delivery?

You can click on the following link to read the rest of the article.

Water Policy Journal – April 2018

We have just received our print copy of the Water Policy Journal Volume 20 Issue 2 for April 2018 from IWA Publishing.


Water Policy Journal April 2018
Water Policy Journal Volume 20 Issue 2

Topics highlighted via research articles and case studies, in this issue, include climate change, water availability, cultural water in Australia, water governance, decentralization, water quality, ecological flow, and drought disaster risk, as well as, details of an Erratum for Water Policy Volume 19 Issue 5 pg 867-885.

Persons wishing to view a copy of this journal can email me or visit me at my desk.

Will Cape Town Escape Its Water-Starved Fate?

I am sure by now many of you are aware of the major water crisis facing Cape Town, South Africa, as a result of dwindling water levels in their reservoirs and an increase in water demand. The article below by Lucas Joel, provides further details on the issue.

Source: Will Cape Town Escape Its Water-Starved Fate?

On Integrating Sedimentology and Hydrogeology in Streambeds

A recent article by Partington et al.,  identifies a new modeling blueprint, which seeks to link sedimentology, hydrology and hydrogeology for the modeling of streambeds. The link presented below discusses with the authors the challenges and implications of such a modeling blueprint.


Source: On Integrating Sedimentology and Hydrogeology in Streambeds