The ONWARD (Open Network on Water-Related Diseases) project is organising an international training course on monitoring water quality using remote sensing and geospatial analyses for human health.
Climate variability and change, occurrences of extreme weather events and anthropogenic pressures on the environment, all contribute to growth and dispersal of pathogens, leading to outbreaks of water associated diseases such as cholera, malaria, dengue, among others. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) dealing with health, climate, and life below water recommends an integrated approach to maintain high water quality. From monitoring the water bodies via satellite remote sensing to new techniques for identifying and isolating pathogens, there has been much advancement in our capability to monitor water quality.
With this course, ONWARD aims to create a link among the international researchers and experts on the advanced satellite remote sensing and geospatial techniques for water quality monitoring and generate highly skilled manpower in the area. The lectures will be offered by experts who are highly experienced in the subject. Participants will leave this course with a clear understanding of why and how to use EO data to assess the water quality.