IWMI wins award for innovative space-based drought monitoring work

IWMI staff receiving the GeoSpatial World Excellence Award 2020. Image: IWMI.

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, has won an award for its innovative work using remote sensing technology to help nations monitor and mitigate the impacts of drought. The Institute received the GeoSpatial World Excellence Award 2020 in recognition of the positive impact of its South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS). Since IWMI launched SADMS in 2014, the system has guided national, state and district-level authorities in India and Sri Lanka to take timely action to prepare for drought.


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Sun, 27/09/2020 - 14:51

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International Charter activated for floods in Sri Lanka

Kelani river during floods in Sri Lanka, May 2017

Due to the heavy monsoon rains that have plagued Sri Lanka over the past week, severe flooding and mudslides in the Western and Southern regions have claimed at least 188 lives, displacing a further 112,000 and directly affecting more than 500,000 according to the estimates of Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka (DMC). The International Disaster Charter was activated on 26 May 2017 by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on behalf of the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka.


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Tue, 30/05/2017 - 11:50

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ALOS PALSAR satellite images to map southern provinces flooded in Sri Lanka

UN SPIDER’s Regional Support Office in Sri Lanka International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in association with Sentinel Asia System (SAS) and JAXA activated the charter on October 1 to generate satellite images covering the Southern Provinces in Sri Lanka.

The imagery was provided to use in emergency response and relief operation. Floods were mapped on 30 September and 1 October 2015, using IFMAN tool and covering the districts of Hambantota, Galle, Mantara, Monaragala and Ratnapura.


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Mon, 05/10/2015 - 08:16

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At a glance: 

IWMI has been inducted as the 16th Regional Support Office (RSO) for UN-SPIDER. An Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was signed with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on the sidelines of the 6th RSO Meeting in Vienna, Austria on 5 and 6 February 2015. The UN-SPIDER RSO will be housed in IWMI’s Water Availability, Risk and Resilience (WR) Theme, which promotes the use of spaced-based information and GIS on water-related disaster risk management to promote innovative solutions to address the challenge of disaster risk in Asia and Africa.

Available expertise: 

IWMI employs nearly 330 staff. IWMI’s research focuses on the key water challenges poor communities face-issues that affect people’s livelihoods and health, as well as the integrity of the environmental services on which they depend. Research thus examines the “water-food-environment nexus”, adopting a multi-disciplinary approach and balancing efficiency and productivity objectives with equity and sustainability concerns. Seven key Research Themes help IWMI to more effectively produce impact for the benefit of poor farmers, whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and for whom access to water for productive purposes is a key constraint. IWMI recognizes the scope for a more proactive role in knowledge application to increase impact-particularly by interacting closely with other research institutes, policymakers, donors, partners and user communities. IWMI’s scientist cover wide-range of disciplines – water management specialist, hydrologist, economist, water resource engineer, irrigation specialist, GIS and RS Specialist, Software developer, Geospatial ‎ Programmer, information management specialist, communication specialist, monitoring and evaluation specialist and Uptake coordinator.

Available databases and space-based information: 

The GIS, Remote Sensing and Data Management Unit is responsible for development of geospatial databases for research themes including Water-related disaster risk management and are served using Water Data Portal. The portal provides information of satellite images, maps and information products.

About the host institution: 

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. It is headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. IWMI is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. 

Through research, policy development, capacity building and knowledge sharing, IWMI:

  • provides an insight into water and land management from field to basin scales;
  • analyzes biophysical and socioeconomic processes;
  • assesses trade-offs of alternative development scenarios, taking a nexus perspective;
  • incorporates ecosystem approaches into agricultural systems;
  • assesses performance and identify solutions for agricultural water management – large- and small-scale;
  • improves resilience to climate shocks - provide flood and drought analysis for planning and response, and analysis of big data in real time;
  • identifies groundwater solutions – reducing overuse and recharging for resilience; and
  • promotes recovery and the safe reuse of organic waste and wastewater in agriculture.
<p><strong>Main Contact</strong><br /> <em>Giriraj Amarnath, Ph.D.</em><br /> Senior Researcher – Remote Sensing and Water Resources Phone +94-11-2880000<br/> Fax +94-11-2786854<br/> Mobile +94-773295303<br/> <a href="http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/" target="_blank">www.iwmi.cgiar.org</a> <br /> <p><strong>Address</strong><br /> 127, Sunil Mawatha, Pelawatte Colombo, Sri Lanka<br/> International Water Management Institute (IWMI)</p>

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Sri Lanka: NASA TRMM data reveals extraordinary flooding

Accumulated rainfall in mm for the period 31 May - 4 June 2014

Data from NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) revealed extraordinary flooding in Sri Lanka caused by unusually strong monsoonal rainfall over the period 31 May - 4 June 2014, as research at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) shows.


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Mon, 16/06/2014 - 10:56

Sudan: Connecting farmers with real-time flood management information

Sudan seen from Space by ESA's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer in 2004

In 2003, 2007 and 2013, Sudan was particularly harshly affected by flash floods that displaced hundreds of thousands of people. In order to better prepare and warn farmers of flood events, they need access to real-time information and they need to be able to exchange and apply the information.


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Thu, 27/03/2014 - 09:40
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