WaPOR, remote sensing for water productivity

WaPOR phase 1

This first phase of the project ran from 2016 to the first month of 2021 and paved the way to the now ongoing second phase of the project with its major output which was the development of the portal that today constitutes the backbone of the project as well as some applications based on the information from that portal. 

The project aimed at creating an action framework to provide relevant and specific information on water and biomass status for stakeholders at different scales - from the policy level to the farm level - to develop solutions to sustainably increase agricultural land and water productivity.

The framework was based on robust state of the art remote sensing and Information and Communication Technologies, combined with in-situ data. It was meant to be used to assess the terrestrial soil water balance and related biomass production to monitor agricultural land and water productivity, as well as the uptake of carbon dioxide by vegetation.

The outputs of the project were the following:

  • The development of a portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open-access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR). This portal covers Africa and the Near East, with remotely sensed data, to monitor, in near real time, agricultural water and land productivity as well carbon dioxide uptake by vegetation.
  • An assessment, in space and time, of agricultural water and land productivity, productivity gaps and capacity development to close these gaps.
  • An assessment, through water accounting, of the consequences and sustainability of possible increases in water productivity in agriculture.
  • Capacity development of stakeholders to increase water productivity in a sustainable manner.