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WaPOR: database dissemination portal and APIs

The FAO portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR) monitors and reports on agriculture water productivity over Africa and the Near East.

It provides open access to the water productivity database and its thousands of underlying map layers, it allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables associated to water and land productivity assessments.  

The portal’s services are directly accessible through dedicated FAO WaPOR APIs, which will eventually be also available through the FAO API store

Water productivity assessments and other computation–intensive calculations are powered by Google Earth Engine.


The first, beta release of WaPOR is available as of 14 April 2017. The beta release publishes Level 1 (continental, 250 m resolution) data from April 2009 to December 2016. WaPOR will be increasingly improved during the course of 2017 and beyond.

WaPOR roadmap

Year Month Data updates Portal / APIs updates
2017 April Level 1 archive beta release (db_v0.1) WaPOR beta release (v 0.1)
  May Level 1 near real time Near-real time data pipeline for Level 1
    Land Cover for Level 1 (in cooperation with EC Copernicus)  
  June Methodology document online Full catalogue of WaPOR APIs for Level 1
    Level 2 archive beta release WaPOR portal v 0.2 (new features, bug-fixes)
  September Level 2 near real time WaPOR portal v 0.3 (including WP calculations over user-defined areas and time-periods)
  October Level 3 first pilot area Near-real time data pipeline for Level 2 and 3
  November   Full APIs catalogue published on FAO API store
2018 February Database version 1.0 release WaPOR 1.0