Symposium Earth Observation and Data Science

Monday – Tuesday, 24-25 October 2016

Universally available analytics for big satellite data may have major implications for monitoring capacity and associated actions. On 25th August 2016, the results of the new Deltares Aqua Monitor tool were published in Nature Climate Change. This tool offers big data at everyone’s fingertips.

At the very local scale, members of the general public can now make assessments without expert assistance if their houses are threatened by coastal erosion. At the regional scale, a downstream riparian state can conduct year-to-year monitoring to see whether upstream neighbours are establishing new impoundments. Finally, at the planetary scale, global agencies such as the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction can monitor the appearance of new reservoir storage capacity that may reduce flood hazards.

The goal of this symposium is to achieve a thorough understanding of the true potential of widely available new data sources and vastly growing computing power, graphics and analytics in increasing the societal impact of monitoring and forecasting.

Speakers will address present and future advances in Earth Observation, visualization techniques and the integration of Open data in modelling practice. Zooming in from a global to a local scale, examples will be presented how traditional data can be complemented with citizen data. New products and services will be discussed, with a special emphasis on bridging the gap between science and user communities, through closer interaction.

Deltares Aqua Monitor

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The most recent example to be discussed is the Deltares Aqua Monitor ( Deltares Aqua Monitor is a new tool that can detect surface water changes at planetary scale. The tool analyzes USGS/NASA imagery measured during the last 30 years and reveals locations where surface water has been turned into land and vice versa at 30m scale globally.
On Tuesday there will be a workshop to give you the opportunity to get/improve your hands-on experience with this application. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the tool, how the changes are computed, and how to perform a more advanced analysis of the surface water dynamics using working behind the scenes of the Aqua Monitor.

Day 1 – Monday 24 October

Highlighted lectures:

  • “Information Visualization” (Elmar Eisemann, Delft University of Technology)
  • “What can we learn from Hurricane Matthew?” (Fedor Baart, Deltares)
  • SWITCH-ON FP7 project
  • OpenEarth concepts
  • OpenStreetMap
  • Aqua Monitor

Day 2 – Tuesday 25 October

Workshops (bring your own laptop!):

  • Workshop Aqua Monitor
  • Workshop ‘OpenStreetMap in modelling practice’



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