Reservoirs impact water, food and energy availability and also damage ecosystems. Due to lack of ground data or agreements between nations, we have traditionally had very little knowledge of how these reservoirs are being operated to quantify their impact, particularly in the vast regions of Africa, Asia and South America. Consequently, management of water for food, energy, ecosystem services and negotiating water sharing treaties have become a challenge for many nations and stakeholders due to lack of basin wide and near real-time information on reservoir operations.
By piecing together vast amounts of satellite remote sensing data from earth observing missions, we can now unlock how reservoirs in Asia, Africa and South America are being operated in terms of storage change, inflow, outflow and rule curves. The Reservoir Assessment Tool (RAT) provides this synopsis every month for reservoirs around the world. RAT levels the playing field for management of water, food and energy, and empowers an individual stakeholder or a nation to build its tailored version of RAT for economic development. Click here for an illustration of the Happy Earth Solution