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ICT as an Enabler for Smart Water Management

ICT as an Enabler for Smart Water Management

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Smart water management has become a key policy issue for the 21st century, as a growing number of factors are impacting the delivery of already scarce fresh water to millions of people. Economic growth, seasonal climatic conditions and rising population are all affecting availability of water resources. Moreover, a number of effects linked to climate change, such as lengthy droughts and extreme weather events, are worsening the situation. This ITU-T Technology Watch Report provides an overview of how ICT can be a strategic enabler for smart water management policies and surveys upcoming ICT standards that will enable smart water initiatives.
Smart water management has become a key policy issue for the 21st century, as a growing number of factors are impacting the delivery of already scarce fresh water to millions of people. Economic growth, seasonal climatic conditions and rising population are all affecting availability of water resources. Moreover, a number of effects linked to climate change, such as lengthy droughts and extreme weather events, are worsening the situation. This ITU-T Technology Watch Report provides an overview of how ICT can be a strategic enabler for smart water management policies and surveys upcoming ICT standards that will enable smart water initiatives.

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ICT as an Enabler for SmartWater Management
ITU-T Technology Watch ReportOctober 2010
Smart water management has become a key policy issue for the 21st century, as a growing number of factors areimpacting the delivery of already scarce fresh water to millions of people. Economic growth, seasonal climaticconditions and rising population are all affecting availability of water resources. Moreover, a number of effectslinked to climate change, such as lengthy droughts and extreme weather events, are worsening the situation.This ITU-T Technology Watch Report provides an overview of how ICT can be a strategic enabler for smart watermanagement policies and surveys upcoming ICT standards that will enable smart water initiatives.
 
 The rapid change of the telecommunication/information and communication technologies (ICT)environment requires related technology foresight and immediate action in order to propose possibleITU-T standardization activities as early as possible.
ITU-T Technology Watch
surveys the ICT landscape to capture new topics for standardization activities.Technology Watch Reports assess new technologies with regard to existing standards inside and outsideITU-T and their likely impact on future standardization.
Acknowledgements
This report was prepared by Venkatesen Mauree of the ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau.The report has benefited from the comments provided by colleagues from the ITU Secretariat. Theauthor would also like to thank the following persons for their feedback: Mr Dean Djokic and MrEmanuele Gennai from Esri Inc, Mr Jeffrey Fulgham from GE Power & Water, Mr Fred Pearce from TheGuardian, Dr Andrew Terrhorst from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation(CSIRO), Mr Harro Riedstra from European Water Programme and Mr Arnold Zidell from Blue PlanetNetwork.Please send your feedback and comments totsbtechwatch@itu.int.The opinions expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the International Telecommunication Union or its membership.This report, along with other Technology Watch Reports can be found athttp://www.itu.int/ITU-T/techwatch. Cover photos: Flickr: Global Warming(Roberto Rizzato, CC BY-NC 2.0), “Pakistan Disaster Relief   (DVIDSHUB, CC BY 2.0),Drought – Falls Lake(Schizoform,CC BY 2.0)andIrrigation  (Agrilifetoday, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)  Technology Watch is managed by the Policy & Technology Watch Division, ITU TelecommunicationStandardization Bureau.
Call for Proposals
Experts from industry, research and academia are invited to submit topic proposals and abstracts forfuture reports in the Technology Watch series. Please contact us at
tsbtechwatch@itu.int
for detailsand guidelines.© ITU 2011All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, by any means whatsoever, withoutthe prior written permission of ITU.
 
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