This project delivered a prototype Water Balance Monitoring System (WBMS) and a three-year data set including observations of the water balance terms of the Tibetan Plateau on weekly and monthly basis. These observations contributed to clarifying the role of Plateau hydrology in the onset and intensity of the Asian Monsoon and in intense precipitation. The timeseries of hydrological satellite data products were used to demonstrate an Early Warning system on droughts and one on floods. The project was organized in 11 different work packages. FutureWater, in collaboration with several partners, was responsible for work package 8: Monitoring the water balance and water yield of the Plateau. This work package brought together the results of other remote sensing activities in an operational monitoring system of the water balance of the Tibetan plateau.

CEOP-AEGIS stands for «Coordinated Asia-European long-term Observing system of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau hydro-meteorological processes and the Asian-monsoon systEm with Ground satellite Image data and numerical Simulations». It is a Collaborative Project / Small or medium-scale focused research project «Specific International Co-operation Action» financed by the European Commission under FP7 topic ENV.2007.4.1.4.2 «Improving observing systems for water resource management».

The CEOP-AEGIS Consortium is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Massimo Menenti (Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg), and is composed of 17 public reasearch and SME entities from Europe, China, India and Japan.

Human life and the entire ecosystem of South East Asia depend upon the monsoon climate, its linkage to major rivers and its predictability. The headwater areas of the Yellow River, Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Irrawaddy, Brahmaputra and Ganges, are located in the Tibetan Plateau. However, estimates of the Plateau water balance rely on sparse and scarce observations that cannot provide the required accuracy, spatial density and temporal frequency.
Integrated use of satellite and ground observations is necessary to support water resources management in SE Asia and to clarify the interactions between the land surface and the atmosphere over the Tibetan Plateau in the Asian monsoon system.

FutureWater, in collaboration with several partners, is responsible for work package 8: Monitoring
the water balance and water yield of the Plateau. This work package brings together the results of other remote sensing activities in an operational monitoring system of the water balance of the Tibetan plateau.

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