Plugging the data gap: Google and UN Environment unveil freshwater monitoring app

Satellite image: map of Earth

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UN Environment, Google and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre have unveiled a groundbreaking web-based platform that fuses big data and environmental science to monitor global freshwater ecosystems, opening the door to a new era of data-rich analysis that could reshape how we measure humanity’s environmental footprint.

The publicly available, free platform brings together Google’s expertise in satellite data, cloud computing, earth observation and artificial intelligence,

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ASU ramps up water research: Future H2O

photo composition: planning for future water supplies

University’s water initiative, Future H2O, to focus on solutions, not scarcity

Arizona State University’s water initiative announced a sweeping new strategic plan this week. Spurning the typical narrative of scarcity, Future H2O will face a goal of abundant water for vibrant communities, economies and ecosystems.

“What we’re doing is building new partnerships,” director John Sabo said. “All of the proposals we make, we want to have a solution at the … [more…]