Advances in remote sensing and water diplomacy

WaPOR, FAO’s portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open-access of Remotely sensed derived data, gives users access to a wide variety of near-real-time satellite data on water productivity. This information can be used by governments and research institutes to design strategies to increase water productivity and farmers’ resilience to drought while respecting the environment and making equitable use of water resources.


  • Availability of Global remote sensing data sets


  • Introduction of management Aquifer Recharge model (water buffering)
  • Introduction of Solar energy


  • Focus on Climate Resilience
  • Use of real-time data and models
  • Introduction of integrated governance and conflicts resolution


  • Use of real-time data and models
  • Dashboards

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Example of GRACE application 1

Grace application

Transboundary aquifers

International Law on Transboundary Aquifers

Guarani Aquifer System 

Mountain Aquifer: politicized conflict (1)

Mountain Aquifer: politicized conflict (2)

Nubian Sandstone: scientific cooperation

Wikipedia Nubian_Sandstone_Aquifer_System