[WLRC June 2024]: The Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub project has developed a Spatio-temporal Water Quality Analysis Dashboard, which is aimed to support decision-making on issues of water management in Ethiopia.

The dashboard development team presented the product to the WLRC community on June 5, 2024, at the WLRC Meeting Hall, aiming to introduce the features of the dashboard and gather inputs that help in the finalization of the dashboard. During the presentation, Dr. Kristina and Samuel Tesfaye explained that the dashboard supports decision-making by providing real-time monitoring data from telemetry stations, using alerts and notifications that can inform decisions such as taking rapid responses to contaminants. It was learnt that the system benefits stakeholders, including ministries, authorities, businesses, farming communities, researchers, and citizens, by providing an evidence-based platform, better decision support for interventions, reducing redundancy, improving sustainable planning, and facilitating knowledge exchange.

Participants in the presentation appreciated the team’s efforts to develop the dynamic system that offers a great opportunity to manage data from various stakeholders and provide important inputs to be incorporated into the features. They discussed issues of authorization, interpolating datasets on biophysical, demographic and socio-economic parameters; and including key stakeholders to make the system more versatile and comprehensive.

The dashboard was developed by the Water and Land Resource Center (WLRC) ICT Team in collaboration with Greg O’Donnell and Kristina Wolf from Newcastle University and powered by the Water Security and Sustainable Development Hub Project Team of WLRC.