World Water Forum: Special Session on Navigating the Water Challenges of the 21st Century with the help of Near Real-time Comprehensive Assessments: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Arena 6

The speed of global change and the future uncertainties are examples of faced issues that demand a new and dynamic way to manage the water resources worldwide. The recent global agreements (2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement, and so) establish a path that demands the political, institutional and technical integration so that the integrated management of water resources can efficiently and rapidly inform with safe evidence the process of public policies. In this way, real-time assessment and Big Data technology will be indispensable for a wiser and dynamic water resource management.
Data collection, integrated geospatial archive, wise metrics and indexes will be more and more demanded to clearly inform policymakers with evidence. The session will share the experiences and efforts of institutions in relation to adapt databases and information to these new rules from the water resources management field.
Moderator-András Szöllösi-Nagy (Water Future)

Why do we need real-time water assessments? The International Perspective, Stefan Uhlenbrook (UNESCO-WWAP) and Ney Maranhao (ANA)
Water data: Providing the evidence base for water assessments, Robert Argent, Bureau of Meteorology, Australia (B.O.M)
NASA: Earth Observations to Improve Monitoring and Forecasting of Water Resources, John Bolten (NASA)
Earth Observations and Water Assessments: The role of satellite data in water management, Rick Lawford ( Water Future)
COMPASS: Overview of a Next-Generation Tool for Comprehensive Water Resource Assessment, Charles Vörösmarty ( Water Future)
COMPASS: Global, high-resolution SDG monitoring and projections, Marianela Fader (UNESCO)
Scenarios to develop solution options,
Simon Langan( IIASA)