business applications

Water Availability

  • ActivityFeasibility Study
  • Closing date02 September 2013

The objective of the Feasibility Study is to prove the technical feasibility and the financial viability in order to establish a sustainable service to improve monitoring, forecasting and/or control of water availability, quality and/or distribution.

The proposed integrated solution shall satisfy the needs and constraints of the relevant stakeholders and users, and shall provide viable and sustainable services. The involved users shall be representative for a sustainable business case. Their needs shall be clearly listed in the proposal. Note that user involvement is in principle not restricted to ESA member states. Any entity that is to receive IAP funding, however, does require ARTES 20 national delegate support.

The specification of the integrated solution shall aim at optimally combining existing terrestrial assets (e.g. in-situ sensor networks, mobile sensors, aerial remote sensing, terrestrial communications, terrestrial navigation), with at least two types of existing space assets (satellite communications, earth observation, satellite navigation, and human-spaceflight derived technologies).

The vision behind the study is to support the users to improve fresh and clean water availability, by:

  • Integrating state-of-the-art methods of monitoring, forecasting and/or control of water availability, quality and/or distribution into the user processes, including relevant aerial and satellite remote sensing techniques,
  • Better use of in-situ and mobile measurements and observations, incl. possibly crowd-sourcing as well as historical data, to improve prediction models and to (cross)validate operationally the various data,
  • Providing the user, during the Feasibility Study, with a prototype solution as part of the Proof of Concept,
  • Creating sustainable services for water availability, quality and distribution.

Examples of targeted enhancements of the improved water availability, quality and distribution services with respect to current operations are:

  • Lower cost of monitoring, forecasting and/or controlling,
  • Better and more continuous (spatial, temporal) monitoring coverage,
  • Higher performance in timeliness and/or reliability,
  • Better and more regular input data to the forecasting and nowcasting models,
  • Availability of a hindcast service to plan measures, higher level standardization and interoperability,
  • Better dissemination of warnings,
  • Increased safety due to better availability of water for peat dikes maintenance.

The study will define the most appropriate system architecture to fulfil the user requirements, and investigate its technical feasibility and business viability.

For information updates on this intended tender please see This is an activity resulting from the ESA Call for User Ideas on Critical Infrastructures in cooperation with IAP’s APWater (