WaPOR, remote sensing for water productivity

Achieving Food Security in the future while using water resources in a sustainable manner is a major challenge for us and the next generations. Agriculture is a key water user. A careful monitoring of water productivity in agriculture and exploring opportunities to increase it are required. But how can we monitor the performance of water use in agriculture? FAO has developed a publicly accessible near real time database using satellite data that allows monitoring of agricultural water productivity.

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Key Publications

WaPOR Database Methodology, Version 2 Release

WaPOR Version 2 was launched in June 2019 based on extensive internal and external validation and quality assessment. This report describes the methodology used to produce the different data components of WaPOR Version 2 at the 250m (Level 1), 100m (Level 2) and 30m (Level 3) resolution, as made available through WaPOR Version 2 release.

Water Accounting and Auditing: A Sourcebook

FAO, together with other organizations, recommends water accounting and auditing as being fundamental to initiatives that aim to cope with water scarcity. This sourcebook wants to provide advice on the application and use of water accounting and auditing, helping users planning and implementing processes that best fit their needs.

French version "Recueil de comptatbilité et d'audit de l'eau" available here

WaPOR V1 - Quality Assessment

This report describes the results of the quality assessment per data layer for each specific theme, as available on the FAO's data portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR 1.0). The quality assessment checks the consistency of the different layers and compares the individual layers to various other independent data sources.

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