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How tiny satellites in space can see water beneath the ground.
Water covers 70% of our planet. Yet, climate change and increasing global demand threaten to make access to usable water more economically important than oil. Indeed, ‘water riots’ or ‘water wars’ may soon become a reality unless we carefully monitor our supply. And that is where Hiber and Blik Sensing comes in by making it possible to monitor groundwater levels anywhere on Earth from outer space.
As demands on food production increase worldwide, managing and securing our global water supply cannot be ignored. With droughts and heavy rains becoming more and more frequent and harder to predict due to climate change, managing water availability becomes a tougher challenge.
This means that understanding and monitoring groundwater levels is becoming increasingly vital. Only with these insights can governments, industries and farmers work together to manage the invisible water table below the surface. But how do you manage a natural asset that cannot be seen and has rarely been measured?
By using Hiberband, we make it possible to apply Dutch groundwater knowledge on a daily basis, anywhere in the world, for a price any country can afford. This in turn enables durable groundwater usage for the long term, helping to minimize the effects of climate change for those who need it most.
director at Blik Sensing
By drilling a small bore well and equipping it with a sensor node, the unseen amount of water beneath the surface and its temperature can be continuously monitored. But providing these real-time insights through a digital dashboard to a worldwide audience has always been expensive.
For Blik Sensing, the solution is to harness Hiber’s new nano satellite network to provide easy and affordable access to this vital data. The low power consumption of the modems with batteries lasting up to ten years, means costly infrastructure and expensive maintenance are a thing of the past. Furthermore, thanks to Hiber’s global coverage, these highly reliable modems can be utilised where they are really needed. In countries plagued by droughts and floods such as India or sparsely populated like Ethiopia.
Sustainable water management is becoming more vital to the safety and economic prosperity of many communities. A recent 2017 UNESCO study* on the impact of water availability highlights the importance of having reliable data to manage this resource:
Countries that face increased water insecurity — threatening food, energy, and water supplies, economic development and internal stability — can no longer make sound decisions on water development in one sector versus another one without creating conflict in other water-user sectors. A true transformation in approaches based on valid water resource data and modern analyses, informed decisions and targeted investments need to be undertaken by countries and their development partners.
The combination of climate change, natural disasters such as flooding or drought and excessive industrial or farming demand, means that without control food production will be impacted on a global scale. The World Health Organisation states that increasing temperatures and irregular rainfalls are expected to reduce crop yields in many tropical developing regions even further. Hitting communities where food security is already a problem.
Fortunately, The Netherlands, home to Blik Sensing, has an unrivalled reputation as an international pioneer and innovator in water management. You’d expect nothing less from a country that is mostly below sea level. This water management knowledge can be a vital help to other countries in maintaining a reliable water supply. Securing food supplies, employment and a stable society.
Now the Dutch might understand water on Earth, but today they are pioneering how we manage resources from space. Thanks to Hiber’s Low Power Global Area Network (LPGAN), easy affordable access to worldwide coverage for data delivery is a reality. Allowing Netherlands-based Blik Sensing to bring their expertise to literally anywhere on Earth. Providing previously unimagined solutions to both developed and developing countries alike. Helping manage droughts in California as well as those in lesser developed areas that want to help themselves become water-safe and economically prosperous.
Blik Sensing is a Dutch technology company that specialises in affordable and reliable insights into groundwater levels. Since 2016, it has developed, produced and maintained affordable sensors with telemetry for groundwater measurements for large-scale users such as government agencies, engineering firms and agriculture wholesalers. In addition, they help make the most of the collected data to gain new insight into their water levels.
*Migration and its interdependencies with water scarcity, gender and youth employment - UNESCO, 2017 - http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0025/002589/258968e.pdf