Space4Water Calls for Articles and Stories

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Space4Water seeks the support of online volunteers to write success stories and news articles on the use of space technologies for any field that is related to water resources, e.g. water management, water cycle management, water-related topics within the realms of climate change or ecosystems, and all sub-fields. The stories and articles will be published on the Space4Water portal. The main focus of the stories shall be the benefits space technologies bring to the respective water-related field; the insights gained, data used, etc. 

To apply for article writing, kindly send an email with the abstract of your article idea to office@space4water.org. Successful candidates will be contacted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

The final article must be 1500-2000 words long, and its voice should be targeted at the general public. If possible, two high-quality images (1920 x 800 px resolution minimum) related to the story or a link to an online video should be submitted. Please make sure to read and comply with the Guidelines for Articles and Stories document linked here.

Furthermore, provide a list of thematic keywords, including definitions for your article, relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets, and a regional focus in case it is not globally applicable.

Topics

Topics to be covered can be within, but are not limited to the following:

  • Groundwater detection;
  • Water supply/freshwater access;
  • Surface water bodies;
  • Space technologies for WASH  (Water, sanitation and hygiene);
  • Water/sewage pipe leaks;
  • Climate change;
  • Ocean temperature monitoring;
  • Sea level rise;
  • Ocean salinity;
  • Soil moisture;
  • Acidification of oceans: How space could contribute to the monitoring of acidification;
  • Water quality monitoring;
  • Water pollution: e.g. oil spills, trace metals, nutrient pollution, storm-water pollution (how space could support to detect sources of contamination);
  • Fracking;
  • Invasive species in water bodies;
  • Melting of mountain glaciers;
  • Permafrost;
  • Monitoring sea ice thickness and type;
  • Weather forecasting;
  • Disaster management:
    • Forecasting tsunamis;
    • Forecasting hurricanes, etc
  • Water-energy nexus (how water management through space can contribute);
  • Water agriculture nexus (how water management through space can contribute);
  • Plants and transpiration; 
  • Green infrastructure;
  • Cubesat applications for water research;
  • All space technologies with benefits to water research or management;
  • Other technologies applicable to generate knowledge on water, such as artificial intelligence/machine learning;
  • Geospatial standards;
  • Open data;
  • How to access data sources/products;
  • Specific spin-off technologies for water; 
  • Comparison of water and space tech in rural/urban or LMIC/HIC;
  • Water, space and the SDGs; and
  • Gender focus: women’s role in space and water.

Requirements

The successful applicant must possess strong writing and editing skills, and background knowledge in space technologies or water management. Experience in writing stories and articles for the United Nations demonstrated through previous projects is an asset. Please include links to samples of work in your application.

Women are also encouraged to apply.

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