Earth & Environment



2011 | Deltares | EU project

Global Water Scarcity Systems

Glowasis is a European FP7 project in which 11 partners collaborate during 2 years to pre-validate a GMES Global Service for Water Scarcity Information. This service will be set up as a one-stop-shop portal for water scarcity information, in which focus is put on:

  • monitoring data from satellites and in-situ sensors
  • improving forecasting models with improved monitoring data
  • linking statistical water data in forecasting
  • promotion of GMES Services and European satellites


Glowasis will link water demand and supply in three pilot studies with existing platforms (European Drought Observatory and PCR-GLOBWB) for medium- and long-term forecasting in Europe, Africa and worldwide. Both the near-real time reporting on emerging drought events and the provision of climate change time series will be done. GLOWASIS plays an important role in streamlining the wide variety of water scarcity information and creating awareness for the complexity of the water scarcity problem.

Glowasis started in January 2011and will end in the first quarter of 2013. Participating institutions are: Deltares, (Netherlands, coordinator), CNR-ISAC (Italy), ECWMF (UK), JRC (EC. Belgium), NEO (Netherlands), University Utrecht (Netherlands), TU Wien (Austria), TNO (Netherlands), University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), IMGW (Poland), And University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa).


Data services

The water scarcity service under development uses data from GMES Core Services LMCS Geoland2 and Marine Core Service MyOcean (e.g. land use, soil moisture, soil sealing, sea level), in-situ data from GEWEX’ initiatives (i.e. International Soil Moisture network), agricultural and industrial water use and demand (statistical – AQUASTAT, SEEAW and modelled) and additional water-cycle information from existing global satellite services. In-depth interviews with a.o. EEA and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology will finally shead light on user requirements.


GLOWASIS embraces open source and open-standard concepts, including the use of modern media (forums, Twitter, etc). Developments can therefore be followed through tweets, a blog, rss and a journal.


My role

My role in glowasis was not very big. Especially in the first year I assisted the project manager in his work.