United Nations/Ghana/PSIPW - 5th International conference on the use of space technology for water resources management - Programme

Accra, Ghana, 10-13 May 2022 (with a possibility of online attendance)

Hosted by the University of Energy and Natural Resources on behalf of the Government of Ghana
Co-sponsored by the Prince Sultan Bin
Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) and
supported by the
European Space Agency (ESA) and the Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology ( ISNET)

All times are local time in Ghana (= Universal Time Coordinated)

**** NEW LOCATION: Alisa Hotel North Ridge

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Schedule

Day 1 - Tuesday, 10 May 2022 (09:30 - 17:30)

 

Registration 07:30 - 09:30

 

High-level opening (09:30 - 10:30)

Master of Ceremony: Mr. Solomon PANFORD Esq., University of Energy and Natural Resources

09:30

Welcome remarks

Prof Elvis Asare BEDIAKO, Vice Chancellor, University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana

09:40

Statement

Prof. Samuel Boakye DAMPARE, Director General, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission

09:45

Statement

Hon. Shirley Ayorkor BOTCHWAY, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

09:50

Video statement

H.E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa AKUFO ADDO promoting Ghana

09:53

Statement

Niklas HEDMAN, Acting Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

10:00

Statement

Dr. Abdulmalek A. Al-ALSHAIKH, Director General, Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW)

10:10 Short video: The water sector in Ghana  
10:15 Keynote Address

Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei ADUTWUM, Minister of Education, Ghana

 

Group picture and coffee break (10:30 - 11:00)

 

Opening session (11:00 - 12:30)

Chair/Moderator: Fred McBAGONLURI, President, Academic city University College

11:00

Water Resources Management and Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

Emmanuel NKURUNZIZA , Director General, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), Kenya

11:15

African Earth Observation community for advanced research on water scarcity and food security - The EO AFRICA R&D Facility

Zoltán VEKERDY, Coordinator of the EO AFRICA R&D Facility of the European Space Agency, University of Twente

11:30

Unlocking the potentials of tomorrow from the patterns of the past

Omar SEIDU, Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa)

11:45

ESA Earth Observation (EO) Initiatives

Giuseppe OTTAVIANELLI, European Space Agency (ESA)

12:00

The Space4Water Project

Nina KICKINGER, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

 

Lunch break (12:30 - 13:30)

 

Session L1. Lightning Talks on space technology and water-realted extremes: Floods (13:30 - 13:45)

Future Changes in Extreme Precipitation Events and Flood Risk Implication over Kenya: Projection Based on a High-Resolution Satellite-Station Blended Observational Dataset Martial AMOU, Intern at the General Directorate of Environment and Climate (DGEC), Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development (MCVDD
Space-Enabled Modeling of the Niger River to Enhance Regional Water Resources Management Margherita BRUSCOLINI, Geospatial Scientist | Drone Pilot at RSS-Hydro
Estimation of Flood Depth and its Extent on Road Networks Using Satellite Remote Sensing for Kumasi Metro in Ghana Jeff Dacosta OSEI, Snr. Technician at University of Energy and Natural Resources
Effective Use of Space Technologies in Disaster (Flood) Risk Reduction: Possibility and Challenges for Developing Nations like Bangladesh Most. Farjana SHARMIN, Ph.D. student at South Asian University

 

Session 1a: Space technologies and water related extremes: Floods (14:00-15:30)

Chair/Moderator: Giuseppe OTTAVIANELLI, Head of the Earth Observation Applications Section, European Space Agency (ESA)

14:00

Protecting the vulnerable from floods - the role of research

Samuel Ni ODAI, Vice Chancellor, Accra Technical University

14:15

WMO Space Programme: Overview of global satellite products and uses

William C. STRAKA

14:30

Integrated Approach to Flood Management

Angela CORINA

14:45

The usage of Space Technologies for modeling flood hazards in Rwanda

Valentine MUKANYANDWI

15:00

Integration of GEOGloWS Streamflow Monitoring and Forecasting into Telemetric Community Based Flood Early Warning System

Calvince Wara AKELLO

15:15

Utilization of Earth Observation Data in Flood Monitoring and Assessment: GMES - CSSTE Consortium Capacity Building Efforts

Olakunle Rufus OLADOSU

 

Coffee break (15:30 - 16:00)

 

Session 1b: Space technologies and water related extremes: Floods (16:00-17:30)

Chair/Moderator: Juan Carlos VILLAGRAN DE LEON, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

16:00

The role of national agencies to prevent flooding and drought - the case of NADMO

Eric Nana AGYEMANG PREMPEH, Director General, National Disaster Management Organization

16:15

Flood damage assessment on crop lands using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 imageries in Khuzestan

Sara SHESHANGOSHT

16:30

Flood Hazard Modelling using Hydraulic Simulation Model and Satellite Images: A case study of Volta River at Ghana

Aqil TARIQ

16:45

Flood Extent Mapping Using Integration of Google Earth Engine and Statistical Thresholding - A Case Study of Lare District, Gambella Region, Ethiopia

Tsegaye Demsis LEMMA

17:00

DISCUSSION on Space technologies for water-related extremes: Floods

 

 

Day 2 - Wednesday, 11 May 2022 (09:00 - 17:30)

Session 2: Space technology and water quality (09:00-10:15)

Chair/Moderator: Esi AWUAH, Foundation Vice Chancellor, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana

09:00

Satellite Remote Sensing in Support of African Water Quality Management

Steven GREB, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) AquaWatch

09:15

Appraising the Water Quality using Google Earth Engine for Generating Sentinel-2 Time Series: First Experiments Over Inland Lakes in Thailand

Syeda Saleha Fatim ALI

09:30

Estimation of chlorophyll-a on Lake Victoria using satellite based multi-linear regression models

Jesse BUYUNGO

09:45

Leveraging on open source data and platforms to monitor water quality

Peter Kephers OKELLO

10:00

Discussion on space technology and water quality

 

 

 

Coffee break (10:30 - 11:00)

 

Session 3: Space technology, water and health (11:00 - 12:30)

Chair/Moderator: Steven GREB, Group on Earth Observations (GEO) AquaWatch

11:00

Assessment of Dust Propagation on the spread of Bacterial Meningitis Epidemics over Northern Ghana

Amamata TANKO ABUBAKAR

11:15

Intelligent Observation of Illegal Mining to Mitigate Pollution of Air and Water Resources in Ghana

Francis KUDJOE

11:30

Use of Space Technology to Map Malaria-Prone Regions

Claire MUHUNGI

11:45

Satellite Applications for Enhancing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene towards Sustainable Health in Lake Chad Region

Samuel Olumide AKANDE

12:00

EYWA: A key tool to the epidemics arsenal for Mosquito Borne Diseases

Konstantinos TSAPRAILIS

12:15

Discussion on space technology and water and health

 

 

Lunch Break (12:30 - 13:00)

 

Session L2. Lightning Talks Space technology, water quality and health (13:30 - 14:00)

Land-Water (L-W) Nexus Project: Impacts of Land-Use & Climate Change on Water Quality and Quantity in Botswana's Limpopo River Basin (BLRB)

Yashon Ombado OUMA, Professor, University of Botswana

Flood Modelling and Water Pollution Analysis of Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines Fe OCIONES, Researcher, Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau
Wireless Sensor Network Monitoring System for Tracking post COVID-19 Water Bodies Condition Joseph OWUSU, Lecturer, University of Energy and Natural Resources
Satellite based Water Quality Assessments of Indian Rivers Pranav Kishore PASARI, Technical Director , Satsense Solutions Limited
Water-ForCe: Water Scenarios for Copernicus Exploitation Tiit KUTSER, Professor, Head of Department, Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu
GIS-based Mapping and Multivariate Statistical Assessment of the Quality of Groundwater for Drinking and Irrigation Purposes in the Bono East Region, Ghana

Emmanuel Daanoba SUNKARI, Lecturer at University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana

Water Quality Management Using Hybrid Machine Learning and Data Mining Algorithm: An Indexing Approach

Ali Hassan CHEEMA, Graduate Student at COMSATS University Islamabad

UNESCO World Water Quality Portal: Water Quality Monitoring from Space

Sarantuyaa ZANDARYAA, Programme Specialist at UNESCO

 

Session 4a: Space technology and groundwater (14:00 - 15:30)

Chair/Moderator: Ms Claire MUHUNGI, Kenya Space Agency

14:00

The Global Gravity-based Groundwater Product (G3P)

Claudia RUZ VARGAS

14:15

Satellite based spatio-temporal variation of groundwater storage using spatial regression model (GTWR)

Khalid MAHMOOD

14:30

Spot images remote sensing study of the fractured tabular Middle Atlas aquifer (Morocco)

Mohamed ROUAI

14:45

Satellite-Based Remote Sensing and GIS for Monitoring Energy use for Groundwater in the Arab Region

Tracy ZAAROUR

15:00

Inter-continental cooperation and synergies on geospatial applications to support water resources management and water sustainability in Africa

Manuel NTUMBA

15:15

The use of space technology for water resources management in Syria

Marwan KOUDMANI

 

Coffee Break (15:30 - 16:00)

 

Session 4b: Space technology and groundwater (16:00 - 17:15)

Chair/Moderator:Prof. Berche Asiedu, Head of the Center for Climate and Gender Studies, University of Energy and Natural Resources


16:00

Monitoring Groundwater Storage Depletion Using Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Data in Northern Region Ghana

Michael Saah HAYFORD

16:15

Replacing Pseudoscience with Space based Technologies - A Case for Groundwater Prospecting in Semi-Arid Tropical Areas

Kavya KAMEPALLI

16:30

DISCUSSION on Space technologies and groundwater

 

 

Statement of Dr. Mahaman Bachir SALEY, GMES Africa, African Union (17:15 - 17:30)

 

Day 3 - Thursday, 12 May 2022 (09:00 - 17:45)

Session 5a: Space technology, water scarcity and drought - Drought, Precipitation, Vegetation (09:00 - 10:30)

Chair/Moderator: Clara Christabel CHEW, University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)

09:00

Simulation of climate indices for water resource management

Nana KLUTSE, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

09:15

WMO Hydrological Status and Outlook System (HydroSOS)

Sulagna MISHRA

09:30

Assessment of meteorological drought using satellite-derived CHIRPS precipitation product over Tamil Nadu, India

Venkadesh SAMKYANNU

09:45

Multi-criteria modelling of drought: A study of Brandenburg Federal State, Germany

Taiwo Seun OGUNWUMI

10:00

Satellite rainfall bias assessment for crop growth simulation - a case study of maize growth in Kenya

Calisto Kennedy OMONDI

10:15

High-resolution rainfall mapping from sparse quasi-point rain gauge data and satellite products

Frank Badu OSEI

 

Coffee break (10:30 - 11:00)

 

Session 5b: Space technology, water scarcity and drought - Basins (11:00 - 12:30)

Chair/Moderator: Jan WEISS, COSMIC-2 Programme, University Cooperation for Atmospheric Research

11:00

Addressing the challenges of floods and droughts using space technology applications

Juan Carlos VILLAGRAN DE LEON

11:15

Global Surface Water Explorer and its applications - Concrete examples of how Earth observations can efficiently serve water resource management

Luca DE FELICE

11:30

Observing Zambezi Basin from Space: Implications for water resources management

Webster GUMINDOGA

11:45

Application of Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model to Support Water Resources Management in Rufiji and Wami-Ruvu Basin, Tanzania

Felix KASITI ISUNDWA

12:00

Drought Monitoring with Landsat-8

Leon OROTTA

12:15

Large-scale spatio-temporal variability of drought events in the Congo Basin observed from space

Benjamin KITAMBO

 

Lunch Break (12:30 - 13:30)

 

Session L3. Lightning talks on space technology and water-related extremes: Water scarcity and drought (13:30 - 14:00)

Operational Monitoring of Water Resources Using Satellite Observations Mark William THOMPSON, Director, GEOTerraImage
ZOE: Water Network Leak Detection System Based on Terrestrial and Satellite Data Emanuele GUGLIELMINO, CEO, Advanced Microturbines Srl
Drought Hazard Assessment of Potohar Plateau (2020-2021) Punjab, Pakistan using Geo-Informatics Techniques

Muhammad Farhan SALEEM, GIS Engineer, Ousmani & Company (Pvt.) Ltd

Monitoring vigor of olive groves change in Zarzis

Achraf KATAR, Engineer, Institute of Arid Regions of Medenine

 

Session 5c: Space technology, water scarcity and drought - Vegetation and agriculture (14:00 - 15:30)

Chair/Moderator: Daniel OBENG-OFORI, Vice-Chancellor, Catholic University College

14:00

The role of GSSTI in Water Resources Management in Ghana

Shiloh OSAE, Director General, Ghana Space Science Technology Institute

14:15

Satellite-based Monitoring of Evapotranspiration, Vegetation and Precipitation Trends of the Shrinking within the Catchment of Lake Kainji, Nigeria

Olamide Oluwatosin ONI

14:30

Google Earth Engine platform for drought monitoring using soil moisture and vegetation datasets

Rabia TABASSUM

14:45

Earth Observations and Targeted Water Security Needs

Richard George LAWFORD

15:00

Digital Earth Africa helps assess changes in water levels in Lake Ngami, Botswana

Edward BOAMAH
 

Discussion on space technology, water scarcity and drought - Vegetation and agriculture

 

 

Coffee break (15:30 - 16:00)

 

Session 5d: Space technology, water scarcity and drought (16:00 - 17:30)

Chair/Moderator: Nana KLUTSE, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

16:00

Integrated Drought Monitoring

Valentin AICH

16:15

Risk and vulnerability assessment to human-induced compound hydrological extremes over Africa

Mastawesha Misganaw ENGDAW

16:30

Use of Standard Precipitation Index(SPI) in anticipating for Water Scarcity

Betty MAKENA

16:45

The Use of Satellite Geospatial database in preserving and managing Wetlands

Isaac Tariro CHIKWANHA

17:00

Discussion on Space technology, water scarcity and drought

 

 

Day 4 - Friday, 13 May 2022 (09:00 - 17:20)

Closing ceremony (09:00 - 09:50)

Chair / Moderator: Ms. Mavis KUSORGBOR, Director, Multilateral, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

Remarks

Prof. Kwasi Nsiah GYABAAH, Council Chairman, University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana

Remarks

Dr. Kwaku AFRIYIE, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation

Remarks

His Excellency Philbert JOHNSON, Ambassador of Ghana to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Offices in Vienna

Remarks

Dr. Yaw Osei ADUTWUM, Minister of Education, Ghana

Interlude

 

Special address

H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana

 

Coffee break (09:50 - 10:20)

 

Presentation and panel discussion on capacity building needs (10:20-11:30)

Chair: Juan Carlos VILLAGRAN DE LEON, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

09:00

The role of science and technology for space technologies adoption for developing countries

Charles Anum ADAMS, President, Ghana Institution of Engineering (GHiE)

09:15

Panel Discussion

 

 

Presentations and panel discussion on user needs assessment (11:30 - 13:00)

Chair/Moderator: Nina Kickinger, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

11:30

Identifying user needs for water resources management

Claire NAKABUGO, World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)

11:45

Defining the future of water related services inside of Copernicus, the Earth Observation component of the EU Space Programme

Maria Carmen CILLERO CASTRO, Water-ForCE

12:00

Panel discussion

 

 

Lunch break (13:00 - 14:00)

 

Session L4. Lightning talks: Space technologies and water resource management (14:00 - 14:15)

ISME-HYDRO - An e-Infrastructure for Monitoring of Groundwater Resources Based on Earth Observation and AI Mariana DAMOVA, CEO, Mozaika Ltd.
Rapid Prototyping as a Tool for Curating Space Technology Applications, the Case of Water Challenges in the Rural Americas Luis Diego MONGE SOLANO, Consultant/Tech Evangelista, Interamerican Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture
Space Technology: A Valuable Tech for Water Sector Funmilola Adebisi OLUWAFEMI,Principal Scientific Officer, National Space Research and Development
Agency (NASRDA), Abuja, Nigeria
Women Rally of Geospatial Technology Maria Jose MOLINA MONTERO, Lecturer and Researcher, University
of Costa Rica
Management of Brazil's Water Resources from Space Aluisio VIVEIROS CAMARGO, Director for Planning, Budget and Administration, Brazilian Space Agency;

Erik BUSNELLO IMBUZEIRO, Assistant at the Directorate for Planning,
Budget and Administration, Brazilian Space Agency.

 

Coffee break (14:15 - 14:30)

 

Conclusions and observations (14:30 - 16:00)

Chair/Moderator: Nina KICKINGER, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

14:35 Space technology for water-related extremes: Floods Giuseppe Ottavianelli, European Space Agecny
14:45 Space technology for water-related extremes: Water scarcity and drought Nana KLUSTSE, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
14:55 Space technology, water quality and health Steven GREB, GEO AquaWatch
15:05 Space technology and groundwater Claudia RUZ VARGAS, International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre
15:15 Capacity building and user needs Juan Carlos VILLAGRAN DE LEON, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
15:25 Panel discussion  

 

Closing remarks (16:00 - 16:20)

Chair/Moderator: Amos KABO-BAH, University of Energy and Natural Resources

16:00 Closing remarks Luc ST-PIERRE, Chief, Space Applications Section, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
16:10 Closing remarks Elvis Asare BEDIAKO, Vice Chancellor, University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Ghana
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