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DIANA: Detection and Integrated Assessment of Non-authorised water Abstractions using EO

Polimachi Simeonidou and Anna Osann

(Submission #276)


Agriculture accounts for approximately a quarter of the 182 billion m3 of water extracted every year in Europe. This amount of abstracted EU water is used predominantly for irrigation since it is a common practice in agriculture. At the same time, irrigation is also a major cause of non-authorised water (over-)abstraction, or in other words the abstraction of larger volumes of water than officially permitted and/or available, thus imposing increasing pressures on the sustainability of European water resources. With this in mind and given the scarcity of our water resources as well as the fact that drought is becoming an increasingly frequent phenomenon across Europe, it is evident that novel and innovative solutions are required in order to address these problems. In this respect, the latest advances in Earth Observation pose an unprecedented opportunity to develop commercial services for EU water authorities to control and deal with these problems in a cost-effective and systematic manner. DIANA is aimed at co-designing and openly demonstrating a commercial service platform that will empower water managers and authorities to optimise the identification and inspection of non-authorised water abstractions for irrigation as well as improve their water management policies and practices, especially in conditions such as drought. DIANA will leverage EO data provided by Copernicus and other sources as well as state-of-the-art models for the identification of (illegally) irrigated areas and the estimation of abstracted water volumes in order to offer a suite of data products and services that will be affordable and cost-effective. The non-authorised water abstraction detection and monitoring service is the core service of the DIANA platform. By using seasonal climate forecast in combination with hydrological and crop growth models, a nine month ahead drought forecast will be provided to the users for their region of interest, consisting the second service of DIANA. Finally, the third service will be mainly dedicated to the authorities that are responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the WFD. The value propositions of DIANA are co-created and defined along with users and stakeholders so as to be shaped to their needs and requirements. Three pilots will be deployed and all results will be co-evaluated and validated with them. In order to ensure the demand-driven design of the DIANA service platform, a customer-driven business modelling process will be followed, validating its business case and producing an effective business plan to serve as the roadmap for its commercialization.


Topic Area:  [1.4] Compliance assurance¬† and environmental crime
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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