Data and Earth Observation Core Group


This core group has been formed to:

  • Provide Water Future management with the best available information on data policies and funding opportunities to support research;
  • Provide Water Future teams and management access to the most relevant information and the most modern and robust data processing techniques to carry out their activities;
  • Undertake research to develop systems and processes that will allow information to be used as a means to solving water management problems;
  • Promote the use of the data assets of the Water Future community to meet challenges such as sustainable development, climate change adaptation, urbanization and biodiversity; and
  • Define the needs of the Water Future community and negotiate with data providers including international agencies and nation space agencies to have these needs met.


This group will build upon the activities of various members of the group and well as the larger SWFP (Water Future) community and will include:

  • Supporting the links through the GEO wetlands and Water-Energy-Food projects;
  • Supporting activities related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • Liaising with the Future Earth data activities;
  • Supporting the Future Earth Water-Energy-Food Cluster project by exploiting the role in integrated information systems in the Water-Energy-Food nexus; and
  • Co-organizing a workshop on the E2E Water and Water-Energy-Food Nexus assessments in Washington, DC.


  • Chair: Richard Lawford – Senior Scientific Advisor, SWFP and co- principal investigator, SWFP’s cluster activity on Water Energy Food Nexus Canada
  • Vanessa Aellen –  Water Expert at the Group on Earth Observations Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland
  • Balazs Fekete – Assistant Professor, Grove School of Engineering, City College of New York
  • Adrian Strauch  – GEO Wetlands, University of Bonn, Germany
  • Malcolm Wolski – Director of eResearch Services at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Philipp Saile
  • Mirela G Tulbure – Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Wolfgang Grabs –




The SWFP (Water Future) Data Committee will provide an advisory service on the data, products and information systems needed to undertake the SWFP research programme.  This will involve interacting with various SWFP working groups and networks to assess data needs; providing guidance on data system support, and undertaking research and studies to ensure SWFP can have access to the latest information technologies for their studies and for disseminating the results.  The Committee will meet using teleconference calls every quarter, will have frequent email exchanges and will hold face-to-face meetings at SWFP science conferences.

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