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The poster presents the goals of the research project WaCoDiS and describes the technical concept for exploiting INSPIRE and Copernicus based services to identify element inputs in water bodies.
Analyses on
heterogenous data
from different
sources and subjects
and its visualization
WaCoDiS - Identifying Element Inputs in Water Bodies
relying on INSPIRE and Copernicus
Simon Jirkaa, Matthes Riekea, Christoph Stascha, Andreas Wytziska,b,
Christian Försterc, Karl-Heinz Spiesc, Sebastian Drosta,b, Arne Vogtb
a 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH, Münster, Germany
b Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany
c Wupperverband, Wuppertal, Germany
52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH
Martin-Luther-King-Weg 24
48155 Münster
Background and Goals
Technical Concept
To generate high level information products that increase the environmental
monitoring efficiency, the project explores different approaches for:
The combination of heterogeneous data sources and existing interoperable web-
based information systems
The connection to the Copernicus infrastructure and the extension of INSPIRE-
compliant Sensor Web technology to deal with big raster data
Innovative analyses of high temporal resolution Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2
Copernicus satellite data that contributes to the exploration of heavy rain effects on
agricultural areas
An integration of in-situ and satellite data into domain-oriented models to optimize
the simulation of pollutant flows
Finally, the water management analyses services and models will be provided to the
different expert users by means of lightweight web applications. These can utilize the
applications in order to optimize processes when dealing with domain related tasks.
Development of an
infrastructure with
interfaces for
different domain
Adjustments on
existing domain-
oriented models to
new data sources
and its provisioning
in interoperable
combination of
existing information
systems and
Integration of
Copernicus and
DWD data in order
to improve existing
Climate changes and the ongoing intensification of agriculture effect in increased material inputs in watercourses and dams. Especially, soil erosion causes sediment inputs that pose a
risk for water protection and the quality of drinking water. Thus, water industry associations, suppliers and municipalities face new challenges. To ensure an efficient and
environmentally friendly water supply for the future, adjustments on changing conditions are necessary. There is a need for water management monitoring programmes in order to
develop methods to reduce pollutant inputs into surface waters. Hence, the research project WaCoDiS aims to geo-locate and quantify material outputs from agricultural areas and to
optimize models for sediment and material inputs (nutrient contamination) into watercourses and dams. The application will be deployed in an operative test mode within the
infrastructure of the Wupperverband, a regional German water management association, in order to optimize monitoring processes for its dynamic catchment area. In addition, the
project focusses on the usability of open access big data in combination with in-situ data for the purpose of analysing and predicting heavy rain events.
The research on the integration of satellite data and in-situ data from a variety of
sources within the context of WaCoDiS will provide various benefits:
Extracting valuable information on dynamics of land cover as well as interannual
variability of soil moisture and nutrient balance by exploiting the potential of a
combined analysis of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data
Automation of analysis processes to make environmental monitoring more efficient
and user-friendly
Use of meteorological data to validate and improve analysis processes
Analysis outputs serve as a basis for case-specific measures for water protection
which can be executed in cooperation with agriculturalists and local farmers
A modular and extensible software architecture that is prepared for the connection
to the Copernicus Data and Exploitation Platform Germany (CODE-DE)
The result of WaCoDiS is a web-based software application which can be used as a
monitoring tool for various use cases in the field of water resource management.
Project Partners The research project WaCoDiS is funded by the BMVI
as part of the mFund programme.
Measurement and
Forecast Data
Analytics Services
(Environmental Monitoring) Business Models (material input etc.)
Open API Open API
Domain Applications
Open remote
Sensing Data
(Geodata and
Water Industry
Geodata Services
Water Industry
in-situ data
(Sensor Web)
Water Industry
Suppliers Agricultural
Sector Public
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