IMDEA Water Institute

Geomatics laboratory for water resources management

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Summary of the technology

IMDEA Water works on the methodological development and application of different spatial tools to support water resources management, including environmental mapping, remote sensing, the design and implementation of spatial databases and geoportals, applications for provisioning networks, and hydrological and hydrogeological modelling.
New spatial information sources (LIDAR, GPS, digital terrain models, high-resolution imaging or drones) enable us to create new, high-resolution thematic mappings. Remote sensing techniques help derive biophysical vegetation variables (vegetation indices, water stress, agricultural output, crop evapotranspiration, etc.), geological mapping, soil usage, etc. Spatial databases record and order this information, forming a Hydrological Information System able to analyse the topological and quantitative relationships of different variables, the development of advanced 3D mapping and its implementation in web geoportals.
Hydrogeological modelling by means of individual numerical models and/or coupled with hydrogeochemical models allows us to assess water resources in terms of their quantity and quality, and can be the basis for decision-making on the issue of water resources, both for surface water and groundwater bodies.
Combining the extraction of data contained in old mappings and geo-positioning techniques with GPS allows the identification of hydraulic heritage elements for the development of decision-making support strategies.

IMDEA Water Institute
IMDEA Water Institute

Description of the technology


The Geomatics Unit is a resource consisting of infrastructures that provide new technology-based solutions. The laboratory is fully equipped with hardware, software and databases to cover a wide range of needs,such as:

  • Hydrological and hydrogeological modelling
  • Drafting of thematic mappings using remote sensing techniques, LIDAR, GPS, drones and conventional documentary sources
  • Automated information gathering
  • Resource distribution networks


We offer our research and advice services applied to:

  • Precision agriculture
  • Hydrological planning
  • Water body quality control and monitoring
  • Water body pollution control and monitoring
  • Flooding and drought
  • Hydraulic heritage
  • Ecological status of water bodies
  • Water reutilisation
  • Water network management tools for supplier companies
  • Water footprint

These tools can be useful for:

  • Consultants and certification entities
  • Irrigation communities; Agricultural associations and owners of agricultural lands of medium-large dimensions
  • Hydrographical Confederations.
  • Water Companies

Related keywords

  • Databases, Database Management, Data Mining
  • Biodiversity / Natural Heritage
  • mapping
  • modelling
  • hydrogeological modelling
  • geomatics
  • geodatabase

About IMDEA Water Institute

Research & Technology Organization from Spain

IMDEA Water, a research Institute focused on water management issues, is directed towards optimizing public and private decision-making processes, emphasizing on the link between water, public services, the economy and institutions. The scientific program of the Institute is based on the development of strategic lines for the integrated water management: management of sustainable bodies of water, quality pollution, water treatment and reuse and economic and institutional analysis.
The institute is equipped with high-level up-to-date specialized laboratories as: water, soils, geomatic, ecotoxicology and water biology labs, and pilot plants (mesocosms, microbial electrochemical technologies, land application systems and membranes technologies) for conducting the research activities.

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