Water Technology supports an exciting crop water use monitoring by remote sensing project for the NSW DOI
Water Technology, eLEAF and HydroNET are excited to announce a demonstration project of the Water Auditing Application, an exciting crop water use monitoring by remote sensing application with the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Industry (DOI), Lands & Water Division and the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR), who will be co-funding this exciting new project.
The Water Auditing Application provides water managers with a monitoring tool that greatly enhances the effectiveness of the agency. The dashboards shows the historical and current water use through irrigation by farmers based on satellite data from eLEAF and an innovative algorithm. The water use is compared with the water allocations to identify the farms with excessive water use. The information is then easily visualised in online dashboards. An internet connection is all the infrastructure you need.
- Support compliance monitoring and enforcement
- Create awareness and reduce irrigated water use
- Low-cost solution
- No water meters required
- Generate overviews per farm or per catchment
- Supports permit enforcement strategies
- Proven technology that can be applied anywhere in the world
- Available online; no software installation needed
Contact Brian Jackson of Water Technology on +61 3 8526 0800 for more information.
Click here for more information on the capability as implemented in South Africa
The NSW Department of Industry and Natural Resources Access Regulator
The DOI and NRAR have jurisdiction over an area of around 810,000 km2 incorporating the majority of the Murray-Darling River Basin; Australia’s largest river basin. Monitoring of compliance with water access rules is an essential part of the NRAR’s role and the massive areal coverage makes this challenging.
To support its activities, the DOI and NRAR undertake a range of operational, monitoring and inspection programs to determine and report on the level of compliance within the regulated community. To this end, the DOI is currently investigating services that use remote surveillance techniques such as earth observation. The DOI therefore welcomes the opportunity to support the demonstration project where the functionality, (cost) effectiveness and the business model of the service can be showcased, allowing DOI to assess its suitability for local application.
As a local partner, the DOI will contribute to the demonstration project and also arrange access to existing data, research locations and irrigators as needed by the demonstration project team.