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Water

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Satellite Tool Maps Water Use, Drought

An online tool is available to help farmers and water managers assess drought and irrigation impacts on water use and crop development. USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has developed an evapotranspiration and drought modeling system at the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, Md. It will help forecasters monitor ET and drought conditions across the

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Kenya Maps Groundwater Resources in Drought-Prone Region

A project that will map groundwater resources in part of the drought-prone Horn of Africa region was launched in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. It will use remote sensing technology to explore underground water to establish its quantity and quality, with the aim of exploiting the water in an emergency to combat drought and famine, and

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Australian River Ultimatum to States: With or Without You

Water Minister Tony Burke has vowed he will press ahead with a plan to rescue the ailing Murray-Darling river system this year even if it means brushing aside states that refuse to sign up. After the independent Murray-Darling Basin Authority put out its latest recommendations for a national river plan yesterday, Mr Burke said a

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Real-Time Simultaneous Precise 4D Surveying Above and Below Water

The industry’s first custom designed 4D (X,Y,Z and TIME) land and marine survey vessel was launched at the Miami Port and Terminal Technology USA 2012 conference and exhibition. Following the success of their Dynascan mobile mapping system (the world’s first truly portable LiDAR system) and the increasing market demand for a combined multibeam sonar and LiDAR

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Global Monitoring Introduces Messenger Remote Monitoring Unit

Global Monitoring (http://www.globalmonitoring.com) offers the Messenger GMU8120 Remote Monitoring Unit (RMU) for remote monitoring and control of groundwater remediation systems that are often unattended and function without operator assistance. Providing real-time operating status of tank level, pumps and other instruments associated with groundwater remediation systems, the Messenger™ GMU8120 Remote Monitoring Unit supports remote predictive maintenance,

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Floating Robots Use GPS-enabled Smartphones to Track Water Flow

A fleet of 100 floating robots took a trip down the Sacramento River in a field test organized by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. The smartphone-equipped floating robots demonstrated the next generation of water monitoring technology, promising to transform the way government agencies monitor one of the state’s most precious resources.

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Monitoring Key to Optimal Environmental Water Management

Australia’s National Water Commission CEO Mr James Cameron today called for the improved and systematic monitoring of water plans to provide confidence that they are effective in meeting their environmental objectives. Releasing two reports at Ozwater 2012 which identify priorities and resources for improving environmental water performance, Mr Cameron said that environmental water management has

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

From Decade to Decade: What’s the Status of our Groundwater Quality?

There was no change in concentrations of chloride, dissolved solids, or nitrate in groundwater for more than 50 percent of well networks sampled in a new analysis by the USGS that compared samples from 1988-2000 to samples from 2001-2010. For those networks that did have a change, seven times more networks saw increases as opposed

Monday, April 30th, 2012

International Experts Gather to Discuss Ways to Manage Rising Demand for Water, Energy and Food

Leading international experts, scientists and decision-makers on water, energy and food security are meeting this week to examine how large river basins influence global water, energy and food security, at a forum hosted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Water Innovation Centre (WIC) in collaboration with the Global Water System Project (GWSP) in Winnipeg.

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The Global Water Crisis and Where We Go From Here

Less than 1 percent of the world’s water is fresh and potable—and no more will ever be available. Thanks to pollution, global warming, and population growth, water access is poised to become today’s most explosive global issue. A new book and film offers insights into the coming water crisis from visionary scientists, policymakers, activists, and

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