Lakes and reservoirs are important ecosystems providing such services as drinking water, recreation, support for biodiversity as well as regulation of carbon cycling and climate. There are about 117 million lakes in the world and a high need for regular monitoring of their water quality. European Water Framework Directive (WFD) stipulates that member states shall establish a programme for monitoring the ecological status of all water bodies larger than 50 ha, in order to ensure future quality and quantity of inland waters. But only a fraction of lakes are included in in-situ monitoring networks due to limited resources.
Using remote sensing Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES) can monitor lakes over a large region with reasonable frequency and support the WFD status assessment process. Several Ecological parameters can be monitored from space - phytoplankton biomass, chlorophyll-a concentration, water transparency and frequency / intensity of algal blooms. Sentinel-2 optical satellites provide regular (every 5 days at the equator and 2 - 3 days in Latvia) and high spatial resolution (10 - 20 m/px) data stream for free within Copernicus program.
Project duration: July 2018 – June 2020
Project Manager: Dr.Phys. Dainis Jakovels, email@example.com
The Project is financed by: European Space Agency’s programme The Plan for European Co-operating States