21st Century Water Statistics: Challenges and Emerging Approaches in Collecting, Processing and Sharing Water Availability, Use, Scarcity and Pollution Data

Session ID#: 25950

Session Description:
As the supply chain of goods and services are increasingly spanning beyond national boundaries, the traditional statistics and approaches in collecting, processing and sharing data on water use and availability are out of pace with the rapid advancements in research linking hydrology with global environmental change, including social and economic aspects. This session identifies the gaps in existing water databases (water availability, scarcity, pollution, water footprint, water productivity, consumption, behaviour patterns etc.) and presents challenges and emerging approaches in collecting, processing and sharing applications of remote sensing, hydrological modelling, water footprint accounting, innovative data harmonization, potential use of the Internet and other forms of real time data collection and sharing platforms. The session highlights how such data may meet the objectives of sustainable water use for coherent agricultural, energy, tax and trade policies by drawing together hydrology with human interventions from both water quality and quantity perspectives towards the SDGs.
Primary Convener:  Ashok Kumar Chapagain, Water Footprint Network, 'S-Gravenhage, Netherlands
Conveners:  Michael J Lathuilliere, University of British Columbia, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Vancouver, BC, Canada and Henry Jordaan, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

  • H - Hydrology
  • IN - Earth and Space Science Informatics
  • PA - Public Affairs
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Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Robin Madel, Kai Olson-Sawyer, Peter Hanlon and Kyle Rabin, GRACE Communications Foundation, New York, NY, United States
Matthew Kearns1, Nicolas Zegre1 and Rodrigo Fernandez2, (1)West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, United States, (2)ICHARM International Centre for Water Hazard And Risk Management, Tsukuba, Japan
Kylen Solvik1, Marcia Macedo1, Jordan Graesser2 and Michael J Lathuilliere3, (1)Woods Hole Research Center, Falmouth, MA, United States, (2)Boston University, Boston, MA, United States, (3)University of British Columbia, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Tasnuva Mahjabin, Susana Garcia, Caitlin Grady and Alfonso Mejia, Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, University Park, PA, United States