UN Open Challenge for Water Quality Monitoring - deadline 31 March

The WMO HydroHub together with UNEP, UNESCO, WWQA, EC-JRC and IAEA has launched an Open Call for Innovation Challenges aiming at collecting proposals for challenges faced in the water quality monitoring and assessment.

The selected challenges will be put forward at the upcoming Innovation Workshop taking place from 14 to 16 June 2023 in Ispra (Italy), to explore innovative ideas and identify solutions to address them. Please find here the dedicated webpage, which includes both the information on the Workshop and the Open Call.

Following the Call for Challenges, the Call for Participation will be launched in early April allowing any interested individual to apply online. The selection process for the applications submitted will take place after all applications are received.

What’s this got to do with GOSH?

The key focus areas of the workshop are:

  • Crowdsourcing for water quality monitoring and assessment (including associated uncertainties);
  • Acceptance and integration of water quality data from non-traditional data sources (e.g., citizen science, remote sensing, modelling);
  • Low-cost methodologies to monitor and assess water quality;
  • Integrated spatial, geophysical, and ground measurement to monitor and assess water quality;
  • Methods of data exploration and visualization.

WMO Hydrohub recently organized a roundtable on this subject at CERN IdeaSquare, where GOSH was born exactly 7 years ago. The roundtable was part of the Geneva Trialogue, an event that promotes Open Innovation for Education between academia, international organizations and the private sector. This roundtable was a follow-on to a workshop on Open Metrology organized at MIT last August, where GOSH was represented.