Copernicus Masters 2020 Bulgarian winner of DLR "Environment and Health Challenge"
AquaLab - The Bulgarian team wins DRL awards
On 8 December 2020, the festive Space Awards of the Copernicus Masters 2020 took place in front of an international audience during the online European Space Week 2020, where the Bulgarian team “AquaLab” won the challenge provided by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), for developing of innovative solutions that use Earth observation data to support sustainable management of the limited natural resources and foster human well-being.
AquaLab is a web-based geographic information and notification system for water reservoir management. It intends to solve water managerial problems in Bulgaria and the surrounding region and later provide Earth observation (EO) services to greater Europe. Artificial water reservoirs are of paramount importance because they provide fresh water for irrigation purposes and society at large. AquaLab thus addresses the lack of a dynamic platform for indicating changes in water and informing society and institutions about potential water crises. The system uses Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data for water surface extraction while providing statistical information on the area at hand (including changes in water volume). AquaLab also presents predictive models based on machine learning techniques and the fusion of EO and in-situ data for precise volume computation. The advantages of AquaLab lie in its uniqueness in Bulgaria and its region. The platform provides the possibility to upload and store in-situ data on hydraulic or geodetic measurements concerning water reservoirs. It will bridge the gaps between institutions by serving as an online repository of geospatial information.