The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Fourth AGWA-SESYNC Workshop Summary

In early October AGWA hosted a SESYNC-sponsored workshop with one day focused on 'Working with Scarce Data for Ecological Scaling’. During this session participants deepened their exploration of the ability to develop remote sensing data products that are suitable to support the metrics and methods developed from earlier eco-engineering SESYNC theme workshops, particularly in regions with limited data.

The Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) sponsored 'Working with Scarce Data for Ecological Scaling Workshop' on Oct. 7 in Annapolis, Maryland. John Matthews/AGWA and N. Leroy Poff/CSU with SESYNC coordinated the workshop. A primary focus of the meeting was to evaluate the use of remote sensing observations in data scarce regions in decision-making, especially from climate change and dams, for reducing negative ecological impacts. SESYNC is developing new techniques towards making the decision processes more transparent, quantitative (including economic value) and well structured. The use of remotely sensed data is especially valuable in developing countries having limited data and overall poor decision tools. The new multi-sector decision making being developed with SESYNC partners is towards providing new economic and investment tools, improved policy and regulatory frameworks, and enhanced social and environmental performance markers. See for more information.

David Toll/GSFC presented 'Remote Sensing of the Water Cycle and the Environment for Data Scarce Regions'. Toll, John Bolten/GSFC, Ben Zaitchik/JHU and Aleix Serrat-Capdevila/U Arizona-SERVIR along with Marcus Wijnen/World Bank Water Partnership Program led a session on how satellite observations could be used for quantitative study in complex decision making for data limited regions. Ongoing remote sensing activities for potential SESYNC collaborative work were discussed for the Mekong (Bolten), Nile (Zaitchik), South Asia Basins (Zaitchik), Kenyan Basins (Zaitchik and Serrat-Capdevila), Florida coastal region (Bolten and Lehrter), Upper Zambezi (Serrat-Capdevila) and Eritrea basin in Ethiopian (Serrat - Capdevila). SESYNC with NASA, the World Bank and the US Army Corp are having follow-on discussions that possibly include test pilots among other options.