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UW engineers have helped local water managers access free NASA satellite data to monitor groundwater changes in Pakistan, where setting up a traditional monitoring network took nearly eight years in one province alone.Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources

Faisal Hossain, UW associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, is helping farmers in Pakistan learn how to use NASA satellite data to better manage water supplies. Hossain said “Satellites up in space looking at how much water we have underground, in rivers or in the atmosphere are providing routine observations that can help policymakers and on-the-ground managers make informed decisions. From offering improved flood forecasting to indicating areas where groundwater resources are threatened, freely available satellite data can be an invaluable resource, particularly in dev
eloping countries.”