ESA BIC alumni builds global water quality portal for UNESCO

15 February 2018

ESA Business Incubation Centre alumni EOMAP was selected by UNESCO to build the world’s first global water quality portal. It will support the International Initiative on Water Quality (IIWQ) of UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP) with global water quality assessment and capacity building for streams, lakes and rivers.


EOMAP is a start-up from ESA Business Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Bavaria and is a global service provider of satellite-derived aquatic information in maritime and inland waters for the commercial offshore industry as well as a multitude of government agencies. Pioneering the field of satellite-derived bathymetry and high resolution water quality monitoring, EOMAP services rely on standardized physical models which are independent of scale, sensor type and geographic location. Additional key services include seafloor, coastal environment and infrastructure mapping.


Remote sensing is an efficient and cost-effective tool to assess a variety of physical and biological parameters in aquatic ecosystems over small-scaled and large area,” said Dr. Thomas Heege, CEO, EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG


The IIWQ Portal can respond to the challenges that utilities and other agencies have for effectively monitoring and responding to water quality threats such as algal blooms and turbidity. It is the first portal to combine high resolution global coverage with the range of measurements needed for effective global water quality monitoring and user-friendly features.”


The water quality information is made freely and easily accessible through the IIWQ World Water Quality Portal at


ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs)

ESA BIC Bavaria is one of 18 centres in the Europe-wide network of ESA Business Incubation Centres. More the 500 start-ups have been fostered at the centres with additional over 140 new ones supported each year.


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