Water quality is essential for public health, ecosystem health and the economy. Degraded water quality can occur as a result of pollution from sewage discharge, oil spills, industrial waste, agricultural runoff, storm water runoff, and sediment runoff. Impacts of poor water quality include exposure to disease and harmful chemicals, reduction in viability of impact economically important fisheries species, hypoxia events and destruction of ecosystems. As coastal populations and development increase, coastal environments become at greater risk for water quality issues.
Earth observations play a vital role in supplying decision makers with data and information about water quality. Ground-based (in situ) observations and satellite observations can be used together to monitor and forecast water quality across the globe.
Blue Planet Activities
Background In 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted by the United Nations Member States. The aim of this agenda was to detail a blueprint for peace and prosperity for the people and planet, now and into the future. At its core were 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an […]
Introduction The GEO Blue Planet Working Group on Marine Debris consists of a core group of working members that identify and guide priority activities, namely the IEEE OES Plastics in the Ocean Initiative and the white paper titled ‘Global Platform for Monitoring Marine Litter and Informing Action.’ Primarily guided by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) […]