Virtual Water Values (ViWA)

"Virtual Water Values (ViWA) is an interdisciplinary research project of geographers, remote sensing scientists, agroeconomists, computer scientists and landscape planners. It aims at supporting the implementation of water and food related SDGs by first developing a global, high resolution monitoring system for agricultural yields, water use efficiency and actual virtual water contents of agricultural products based on COPERNICUS Sentinel-2 time series."  (Mauser et al. 2018)

 

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Mauser, Wolfram, Tobias Hank, Tom Jaksztat, and Elisabeth Probst. 2018. “Virtual Water Values - a Project for Global and Regional Assessment of Agricultural Yields and Water Use Efficiency.” Land Reclamation, Earth Observation & Surveying, Environmnetal Engineering VII: 192–97.

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