Sustainable agriculture is a way of combating hunger. States in semi arid regions of India have been funding watershed programs to protect water bodies and increase livelihood security.

KAIINOS in collaboration with IIIT Hyderabad has been working on mapping water bodies and studying their changes over a period of time. These studies help in conserving water bodies which are prone to changes in land use or in climate.


sqkm geographical area


water bodies mapped



Given the climatic conditions and demographic challenges, monitoring water availability is very important in India. To make the derived geospatial knowledge more useful to both specialists and others, there is a need to map and monitor the water bodies (spatial), understand the changes in them (temporal) if any and also get a glimpse on the potential drivers of such changes visually. While remote sensing helps in mapping water resources and analyzing changes, these are more of a one-time activity. But, as part of State or National Water governance efforts there is a need for continues monitoring and assessing the changing resources both in the long term (over decades) and in the short term (inter-seasonal variations). The more and more availability of Open data sources for satellite imagery from NASA, ESA and Bhuvan platofrms are a great help in this regard.

KAIINOS uses Opendata to help organizations working on sustainable agriculture or watershed conservation to map and monitor their land resources.

Mapping water resources
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