Water quality (WQ) is one of the main challenges that societies will face during the 21st century, threatening human health, limiting food production, reducing ecosystem functions, and hindering economic growth.
The WMO-UNEP-UNESCO-WHO-OGC co-organized Workshop Series on Water Quality Monitoring hosted under the banner of the World Water Quality Alliance (WWQA) aims at addressing the broad spectrum of water quality monitoring, including modelling, earth observation, citizen sciences etc., with the goal to foster development and operationalization of innovative solutions for water quality monitoring, improve data harmonization and interoperability, and arrive at a common road map for strengthened cooperation on water quality monitoring across the various institutions and data streams to enable a better global view on water quality and achievement of SDG 6.3.2.
The Concept Note of the WMO-UNEP-UNESCO-WHO-OGC co-organized Workshop Series on Water Quality Monitoring is available here.
Opening Workshop Objectives
Identifying potential synergies and mutual contributions between WMO-UNEP-WHO-UNESCO on in-situ water quality data observations, management and sharing.
Defining a WMO-UNEP-WHO-UNESCO coordination mechanism on in-situ water quality data observations, management and sharing.
Identifying the steps for the development of a joint WMO-UNEP-WHO-UNESCO work plan for regulatory and guidance material related to in-situ monitoring systems, from data collection to data sharing and use.
Identifying the way of interconnecting WHOS with GEMStat and other existing in-situ water quality data platforms and systems and how to connect these to the World Water Quality Assessment under development.
Identifying how to support the WaterML development in the domain of Water Quality: updating OGC WaterML-WQ Best Practice document with regards to evolutions in OGC APIs, and taxonomies/ontologies since 2014 and endorse an international standard on Water Quality data exchange.
Defining the Roadmap for an international OGC Interoperability Experiment on Water Quality data with pilot use cases (e.g., Lake Victoria, Lake Chad).
Workshop recordings, presentations and reports
Workshop Flyer & Agenda
The Agenda is available here.