Open-access remote sensing data for cooperation in transboundary water management

S. G. Yalew*, P. van der Zaag, B. N. Tran, C. I.B. Michailovsky, E. Salvadore, E. Borgomeo, P. Karimi, S. Pareeth, S. D. Seyoum, M. L. Mul

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Open-access remote sensing products provide data for transboundary water management. This study presents a comprehensive overview of the applications, uncertainties and implications of these remote sensing data products in the context of transboundary water management. Focusing on different stages within the transboundary cooperation continuum, we delineate the potential role and application of remote sensing data at the various stages of this cooperation. Despite the uncertainties and capacity requirements for data acquisition, processing and interpretation, we argue that remote sensing broadens opportunities to monitor, assess, forecast, track or validate compliance in transboundary basins, thereby challenging traditional notions of water data exclusivity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2263226
Pages (from-to)955-974
Number of pages20
JournalWater International
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project
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  • cooperative water management
  • Remote sensing
  • transboundary water management
  • water conflict
  • water data sharing


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