Satellite-based snow monitoring for improved hydropower runoff predictions

TechnologyŠvajčiarskoTOCH20200706001
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Summary: 
Swiss Earth-observation company provides detailed snow information for improved water- and risk management worldwide. The company is looking for commercial agreements with industrial partners in the hydropower, insurance and transportation sector for the validation of the system’s financial benefit with technical assistance and user experience feedback.
Description: 
A Swiss Earth-observation company has developed an advanced Snow Monitoring System to track near real-time changes in snow cover and snow depth over time. The system is a result of 3 years full-time research and development, which was co-funded by the European Space Agency and the Swiss Space Center. It combines near real-time observations from multiple satellite constellations to map snow cover across entire mountain ranges in a 20 m spatial resolution on a daily basis. The associated snow depth product accounts for large-scale differences driven by precipitation and small-scale variations driven by topography. The system is fully operational on cloud computing services providing a robust and reliable snow monitoring service for the end user. The area covered includes the European Alps, Rocky Mountains and the Himalayas. Further target areas can be included due to global nature of satellite observations. Easy and direct data access is provided with an application programming interface (API), while data visualization is facilitated with web map tile service (WMTS) and a mobile application (see Figure 1 attached). Further development includes a snow water equivalent (SWE) product by early 2021. This product is based on the collaboration with an Austrian weather company and a Norwegian ground-based snow sensor manufacturer. The resulting user benefits include a highly accurate SWE product in real-time with forecasted quantity changes. Depending on the user needs (e.g. hydrological model), continuous data on snow cover, snow depth and SWE can be ingested at the required spatial scale and time intervals. The company is looking for commercial agreements with industrial partners in the • Hydropower • Insurance • Transportation • Tourism • Water Management sector for the validation and improvement of the system’s benefit with technical assistance.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
The specific area of activity of the partner: • Industrial partners, in the hydropower sector. • Industrial partners, in the insurance sector. • Industrial partners, in the transportation sector. • Industrial partners, in the tourism sector • Industrial partners, in the water management sector The tasks to be performed by the partner sought: Validation of the system’s financial benefit with technical assistance and user experience feedback.
Stage of Development: 
Already on the market
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TOCH20200706001