Waterwatch Cooperative cooperates closely with a number of academic and business partners who have networks in over 60 countries. Partners support the Waterwatch Cooperative in different ways. GEODAN and SAP make their techniques and experiences available, UTZ is currently working with the Waterwatch Cooperative on certification projects in Ghana, Indonesia and Turkey. Waterwatch works with several technical partners such as eLeaf, vanderSat, Cosine and ISIS and with various universities such as TU Delft, Wageningen University, TU Eindhoven and Tilburg University on the intersection of Space science, Plant science and Data science. Click on the logos to visit their websites.
The techniques the Waterwatch Foundation uses, are developed by eLEAF. eLEAF is a Netherlands-based high-tech company that supplies reliable,quantitative data on water and vegetation on any land surface to support sustainable water use, increase food production, and protect environmental systems. eLEAF is active worldwide and has completed projects in over 30 countries. eLEAF’s mission is to be the global reference in supply of reliable data on water and vegetation on any land surface to support sustainable water use, increase food production, and protect environmental systems.
SAP Systemanalyse und Programmentwicklung (“System Analysis and Program Development”) is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. Based on market capitalization, they are the world’s third largest independent software manufacturer. As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is at the center of today’s business and technology revolution. SAP helps companies streamline their processes, giving them the ability to use live data to predict customer trends – live and in the moment. SAP innovations help 345,000 customers worldwide work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively. SAP’s vision is to help the world run better and improve people’s lives.
GODAN, The Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition, initiative seeks to support global efforts to make agricultural and nutritionally relevant data available and accessible for unrestricted use worldwide to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. The initiative focuses on building high-level policy and public and private institutional support for open data. It is a rapidly growing group which focuses on building high-level support among governments, policymakers, international organizations and businesses. GODAN promotes collaboration to harness the growing volume of data generated by new technologies to solve long-standing global problems and to benefit farmers and the health of consumers. They encourage collaboration and cooperation between stakeholders in the sector.
UTZ Certified stands for sustainable farming and better opportunities for farmers, their families and our planet. The UTZ program enables farmers to learn better farming methods, improve working conditions and take better care of their children and the environment. Through the UTZ-program farmers create better opportunities while safeguarding the environment and securing the earth’s natural resources.
The technology of Esri enables organizations to create responsible and sustainable solutions to problems at local and global scales. Esri believes that geography is at the heart of a more resilient and sustainable future. Governments, industry leaders, academics, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) trust them to connect them with the analytic knowledge they need to make these critical decisions that shape the planet.
Data Science Center at Tilburg University aims to unlock insights hidden in large data sets and to assist society and businesses with translating these insights into action to solve complicated problems. Data science is a multidisciplinary scientific field, with a large role for computer science and mathematical and statistical techniques, as well as human-technology interaction, social sciences and legal and ethical aspects. Data Science Center at Tilburg University combines these areas of expertise and is based on a strong tradition of quantitative and technical research skills. It also has extensive knowledge in applied data sciences which is valuable for Waterwatch Cooperative because Tilburg University has the competence to combine this with strong expertise in communication as well as values, ethics and regulatory and legal implications.
Current changes in the ‘system earth’ will have a profound impact on the future standard of living. Most prominently, climate and energy are the themes of great and immediate concern, with widespread bifurcations in fields such as the availability of water and food, global warming and its effects on sea level and weather intensity, but also on the most effective exploration and exploitation of the Earth’s subsurface resources. In all these fields, it is evident that the Earth is a system in which oceans, solid earth, atmosphere, land cover, and cryosphere interact in complex ways and on many possible scale levels. Delft technical university is frontrunner in its efforts to understand, predict and exploit system Earth by focusing on this interaction, via observations and modeling. At the department of Geoscience and Remote Sensing Delft technical university studies planet Earth in all its facets, using state-of the art satellite and earth-based sensors. Fundamental disciplines such as geophysics, geodesy and atmospheric sciences are the core competences of Delft University which are valuable for Waterwatch Cooperative.
TU/e is a leading university in data-science that combines both scientific and technological depth with multi-disciplinary width. This includes competences ranging from the data driven business development competences up to competences in the domain of law, ethics and privacy. The set of competences involves a.o. Mathematics & Computer Science, Industrial Engineering, Innovation Sciences, Electrical Engineering and Industrial Design. The core competences can be grouped in three competence clusters, i.e., “Data Analytics”, “Enabling Technologies” and “Context Analytics”. When addressing real-world data like vegetation database facilitated by Waterwatch Cooperative the Eindhoven technical University challenges a strong interaction between these knowledge clusters in order to find appropriate solutions.
Achieving sustainable food security is a major challenge. The vision of Wageningen University is to integrate biological knowledge to analyze and design sustainable production systems for crops focused on resource use efficiency and equitable management of natural resources. The Plant Sciences of Wageningen University are linked to a sector that is very important to the international economy. WUR covers all aspects of crop production, ranging from plant breeding and the development of methods to the production of food. The Plant Sciences programme has been designed to help meet the worldwide demand for scientific expertise in the development of plant and crop production and farming systems. It covers next to technological aspects of crop production, also deals with important environmental, quality, health and socio-economic aspects. Interdisciplinarity is a hallmark of the programme that is in line to what Waterwatch Cooperative aims to achieve.