Lakes regularly suffer from cyanobacteria blooms. Some species are toxic and therefore swimming waters are closed for the remainder of the season when blooms occur. In this project an efficient monitoring system will be set up, so waters only need to be closed when the blooms occur.
Measuring water quality has never been this easy: We are demonstrating the use of iQwtr, an innovative low-cost and simple-to-operate field analyser for surface water quality, in the Mekong river catchment in Vietnam.
Our consortium will go hunting for freshwater hotspots! Space sensors will be used for tracking these in the sea at coastal zones where freshwater is scarce - and for early warning systems for aquaculture.
Rain generates runoff and changes the water quality. Vice versa, water quality is important when water is used for irrigation. We monitor the water balance and water quality by high resolution satellites. A special part of this project is to introduce the flying WISP for validation!