Approach

The Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service will use Earth Observation data (including data from ESA’s Sentinel satellites) to generate mapping products and indicators of wetlands. Timely observations will allow for dynamic monitoring of wetland conditions and changes (and their drivers) on a large spatial and temporal scale. The outcomes generated will be demonstrated for a range of selected wetlands in Europe, Africa and Asia to ensure the methodology will be applicable globally.

SWOS will provide a unique entry point to easily locate, access, process and connect wetlands information. Project partners will integrate the satellite data, mapping products and in-situ databases into a Service Portal and connect it with other web-based means of environmental monitoring. This innovative service will support wetland conservation and restoration measures with a focus on maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.

SWOS will contribute to the development of a Global Wetlands Observing System (GWOS), further developing existing approaches. In particular, the GlobWetland II regional pilot project serves as an important foundation. GWOS will support monitoring of the United Nations  Sustainable Development Goals for both water and biodiversity.