Third International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), the Government of Morocco and the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) are jointly co-organizing the above Conference to promote the use of space technology for benefits of the developing countries.
The Conference will be held in Rabat, Morocco, from 1 to 4 April 2014. It will be hosted by the Royal Center for Remote Sensing (CRTS) on behalf of the Government of Morocco and cosponsored by European Space Agency (ESA) and the Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology (ISNET).
The Conference is the third international event focusing on water-related issues in the series of meetings organised in co-operation with, and with financial assistance of, the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) and European Space Agency (ESA). The first UN/UNESCO/Saudi Arabia International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management took place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in April 2008, and the second UN/Argentina meeting was held in March 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The programme of the Conference will include technical sessions addressing the following themes:
Session 1: International Initiatives to Integrate Space Technologies in Water Resource Management.
Session 2: Space application for Water Productivity and Economy. The session will present and discuss good practices of use of satellite applications and innovative technologies by government, scientists and value added companies working on water resources management.
Session 3: Space Applications for Water Security and Risk Management. The session will focus on the operational programmes and case studies where Earth observation data and space tools were developed for assessment and mitigation of risks and disasters related to water.
Session 4: Geospatial Information for Ground Water Resources Management. The session will focus on integration of geospatial information and the role of geodata infrastructures for evaluation, exploration and exploitation of groundwater resources.
Session 5: Capacity Building and Cooperation Initiatives. The session will discuss the ways to develop capacity and national competencies for an efficient use of space technologies, as well as will identify cooperation opportunities for national capacity building activities.