The main challenge of the Hydrology Thematic Exploitation Platform (TEP) is offering an ensemble of services to the Hydrology
community based mainly on the exploitation of different EO data and tools. The goal of these
services is facilitating the access, exploitation, processing and visualization of different type of
data (EO, in-situ, socioeconomic or meteorological data) to the end-users in the different
applications related to water management such as water resource management, floods
monitoring, drought monitoring or water quality monitoring.
As water touches all societal and environmental domains, from the pint of view of
end-users, there is a need for integrated, open water information services offering efficient
access to cross-regional, multidisciplinary water information for all types of end-users, such as
governments, scientists, businesses and civil society. The needs are particularly high in the
developing world which is often data sparse. By exploiting the untapped potential of new IT
cloud environment, new plethora of data of Sentinels and Third Party Missions data and new
SaaS customized to the hydrology community needs, water-related challenges can be better
mastered by a combination of holistic understanding of the water cycle together with evidence-
based governance and increased public awareness.
In this process, EO data could play in
particular a much more significant role if properly included in existing and new decision support
tools for water managers and policy makers.