ArgoHydro draws on satellite data to help understand the consequences of environmental and climatic variations on the water cycle. In cooperation with various scientific partners, CNES provides in situ measurement protocols and satellite resources to develop a better understanding of the water cycle and related issues.
ArgoHydro is a way to study our planet's waterways and their water quality, analysing lakes and rivers (surface waters observed by satellites), in order to protect and preserve our natural resources.
ArgoHydro proposes to study the evolution of these resources by setting up protocols and measurement stations for the classes, focusing on four aspects: soil moisture, precipitation, water level, water quality and pollution. In addition, once the measurements and comparisons have been made, students will publish their results on the international website Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environnent program (GLOBE), and will be able to observe the differences between their measurements and those made elsewhere in the world.
Thus students will be able to discover regions of the world and their climate, and better understand the issues related to environmental and climate variations over the water cycle, which will encourage exchanges between classes and scientists.
This project is also a real opportunity for teachers to highlight issues related to environmental and climate change through manipulations linked to precise satellite data related to CNES. Finally, thanks to the study of hydrology which data will be uploaded in GLOBE, scientists will be able to better understand the water cycle and its evolution, and thus understand and prevent extreme events (flood, drought). This will help to better organize management of drinking water on the planet.