Given that it’s the last day of the World Water Week for 2016, it’s an excellent opportunity to display the powerful knowledge that can be gained from Earth Observation Science.

Apart from a DeLorean fitted with a flux capacitor, there are few technologies available that enable us to go back in time. Fortunately, Earth Observation Science (remote sensing) is one such technological marvel that is available to us.

Understanding the dynamic and ephemeral nature of surface water has quadruple bottom line benefits.

Measuring, monitoring and predicting human interactions and reliance on water will only become more important.

Governments around the world have been writing and implementing water management policy for hundreds of years to manage this valuable resource.  Sometimes it’s been done well, other times, not so much.  But imagine if there was a way to learn from our mistakes using empirical evidence?  You might say, “that is impossible unless we were on the ground at the time recording events and collecting water gauge data and monitoring crop health and land use patterns.”

Well, fortunately, it’s not impossible at all, in fact, with the right mix of environmental science, Earth Observation Science and a few other bits of magic, it is quite easy.

By creating a data cube (a fancy term for a lot of historic data all stacked on top of each other to make a cube) of all the flood events since 1988, we can build an aggregated picture of the frequency of events in this region of Australia.

We can drill down through the years and intersect this with every policy decision and land management decision to measure the corresponding impacts on the flow and storage of fresh water, or flood mitigation success, or not as the case may be.

So the moral of this story is, don’t wait for a DeLorean with a flux capacitor to take you back in time, simply talk to your friendly Earth Observation scientist and see if they can provide you with some historical landscape intelligence. If you can’t find a friendly Earth Observation scientist, give us a call here at Ozius Spatial, we’d be happy to take you on a journey through the history of your landscape  – guaranteed to improve your decision-making today and help you plan for tomorrow!

2016 World Water Week

The 2016 World Water Week programme consists of more than 140 events of different formats and covering a range of subjects.  The World Water Week in Stockholm in 2016 will echo and follow up on the UN ”water and jobs” theme, but do so in the broader context of sustainable growth, and thus directly and indirectly “promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”

Analytics by Ozius Spatial 2016 and Imagery by USGS Landsat 5 + 8 various between 1988 and 2016.