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Satellite-based snow monitoring for improved hydropower runoff predictions

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TOCH20200706001
Publicado:
14/07/2020
Caducidad:
15/07/2021
Resumen:
Swiss Earth-observation company provides detailed snow information for improved water- and risk management worldwide. The company is looking for commercial agreements with industrial partners in the hydropower, insurance and transportation sector for the validation of the system´s financial benefit with technical assistance and user experience feedback.

Details

Tittle:
Satellite-based snow monitoring for improved hydropower runoff predictions
Summary:
Swiss Earth-observation company provides detailed snow information for improved water- and risk management worldwide. The company is looking for commercial agreements with industrial partners in the hydropower, insurance and transportation sector for the validation of the system´s financial benefit with technical assistance and user experience feedback.
Description:
A Swiss Earth-observation company has developed an advanced Snow Monitoring System to track near real-time changes in snow cover and snow depth over time. The system is a result of 3 years full-time research and development, which was co-funded by the European Space Agency and the Swiss Space Center. It combines near real-time observations from multiple satellite constellations to map snow cover across entire mountain ranges in a 20 m spatial resolution on a daily basis. The associated snow depth product accounts for large-scale differences driven by precipitation and small-scale variations driven by topography. The system is fully operational on cloud computing services providing a robust and reliable snow monitoring service for the end user. The area covered includes the European Alps, Rocky Mountains and the Himalayas. Further target areas can be included due to global nature of satellite observations. Easy and direct data access is provided with an application programming interface (API), while data visualization is facilitated with web map tile service (WMTS) and a mobile application (see Figure 1 attached).

Further development includes a snow water equivalent (SWE) product by early 2021. This product is based on the collaboration with an Austrian weather company and a Norwegian ground-based snow sensor manufacturer. The resulting user benefits include a highly accurate SWE product in real-time with forecasted quantity changes. Depending on the user needs (e.g. hydrological model), continuous data on snow cover, snow depth and SWE can be ingested at the required spatial scale and time intervals.

The company is looking for commercial agreements with industrial partners in the
· Hydropower
· Insurance
· Transportation
· Tourism
· Water Management

sector for the validation and improvement of the system´s benefit with technical assistance.
Advantages and Innovations:
The system allows the users to retrieve:
· daily updated snow information in near-real time;
· a high 20 m spatial resolution for entire mountain ranges;
· seamless snow information coverage (no cloud cover gaps);
· a fully operational service based on cloud computing;
· automated data access with a documented API;

The system allows the users to improve:
· water management (hydropower production planning, drinking, water availability);
· risk management for infrastructures (road clearance, snow load on roofs, railway switches, infrastructure planning);
· outdoor safety in tourism (detailed terrain information in support of tour planning);
Stage of Development:
Already on the market
IPs:
Copyright

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The specific area of activity of the partner:

· Industrial partners, in the hydropower sector.

· Industrial partners, in the insurance sector.

· Industrial partners, in the transportation sector.

· Industrial partners, in the tourism sector

· Industrial partners, in the water management sector

The tasks to be performed by the partner sought:

Validation of the system´s financial benefit with technical assistance and user experience feedback.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English
French
German

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
10004005 Agua de lluvia
10001002 Evaluación de riesgo e impacto medioambiental
10004008 Gestión de rescursos hídricos
04005002 Hydropower
01006008 Satellite Technology/Positioning/Communication in GPS