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Thursday, February 21st, 2013

New Drought Monitoring Platform Delivered via the Cloud

Droughts are more than simply climate phenomena. They can have profound social, environmental, and economic impacts and can also be a major threat to food security throughout the world. Though much progress has been made in monitoring droughts and understanding their causes, there is still a strong need for better precision in both the monitoring

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

New Water Evapotranspiration Maps Provide Crucial Information on Water Availability

For the first time, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have mapped long-term average evapotranspiration rates across the continental United States – a crucial tool for water managers and planners because of the huge role evapotranspiration plays in water availability.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

NASA Satellites Find Freshwater Losses in Middle East

A new study using data from a pair of gravity-measuring NASA satellites finds that large parts of the arid Middle East region lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Groundwater Levels Drop at ‘Alarming’ Rate in Large Swath of Middle East

Already strained by water scarcity and political tensions, the arid Middle East region along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers is losing water reserves at a rapid pace.

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

SEI to Lead Major Project on Global Water Challenges and Adaptation

A project called CADWAGO – Climate Change Adaptation and Water Governance: Reconciling food security, renewable energy and the commission of multiple ecosystem services is underway. The three-year, € 900,000 initiative, which involves researchers in Europe, North America and Australia, aims to find innovative policies and governance structures to address competing demands for water in the

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

THOR-Online Provides Quick 3D Access to Radar Precipitation Readings

A paper published in the February issue of Computers & Geosciences, describes a case study in which an earth-observing satellite tool, the Tool for High-Resolution Observation Review (THOR), using minimal coding effort, is converted into a practical web-based application, THOR-Online. In addition, a 3D visualization technique is also described in this paper.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

New Mapping Tool Provides Unprecedented Ability to Assess Water Risk

The World Resources Institute (WRI) today launched a new online tool that maps water risk worldwide based on the most current, highest resolution data available. Companies, investors, and governments can use the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas to see how water stress will affect operations locally and globally, and help prioritize investments that will increase water security.

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Mississippi Receding Faster than Expected According to Shippers

Water levels in the Mississippi River south of St. Louis are falling faster than anticipated, requiring more urgent action to keep the nation’s busiest waterway open, according to a group of shipping companies. Debra Colbert, senior vice president of the Waterways Council Inc., said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers now projects river levels may fall to a point at which

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Mapping Ground Water in Jaipur to Ensure Sustainability

The Central Ground Water Board will map water table five times deeper, even to village level, to stop water table depletion in areas that are in the danger zones. It will inform quality and quantity of water in a particular village. Experts say this is a positive step towards getting clean drinking water to every

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Appellate Court Upholds Major Central California Groundwater Plan

In a decision that increases the reliability of local water supplies for residents of cities in California, a state appellate court upheld a court-ordered groundwater management plan that ensures a water supply for a large portion of the Central Coast.

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