Monitoring of surface water dynamics

Within the project "Monitoring of surface water dynamics" A number of dashboards have been created to analyze the country's territory.


  1. Dashboard of the surface waters dynamics of the reservoirs of the Crimea for 2019-2020
  2. Dashboard of surface water dynamics in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts

 Dashboard of the surface waters dynamics of the reservoirs of the Crimea for 2019-2020

Since 2014, the Crimean Peninsula has not received water from the North Crimean Canal. Crimea is becoming more and more dependent on precipitation every year. Precipitation and the wells currently provide the inhabitants of the peninsula with water. The quality of water in many wells is falling, the waterlevel in them is depleted, new ones have to be drilled. Climate change, uneven precipitation throughout the Crimea makes the situation with drinking water more and more threatening every year. It is extremely important to have a system for monitoring the dynamics of surface water levels in order to assess the current situation and predict the development of processes related to the amount of water on the peninsula. Using remote sensing data and modern geoinformation methods [1], [2] the analytical panel (dashboard) was created to analyze and monitor the dynamics of surface waters of Crimean reservoirs.

Dashboard visualizes the characteristics of Crimean reservoirs for 2019 and 2020. Uses the functionality of the dashboard is posable to compare the dynamics of areas changes, see differences in reservoir levels over the last year, make a rating of reservoirs by increasing/decreasing water surface, identify areas with regular, temporary water levels, see percentage distribution of water levels, etc.

The functionality of the dashboard allows to search by address, select satellite images, topographic maps as basic maps, calculate areas, lengths, filter objects by territory and do a comparative analysis of individual reservoirs. To improve the understanding of the dashboard functionality has been developed a video instruction on the start slide.

Today, data on the state of Crimea's water resources are important both from the point of view of the component of the analysis of the life quality of Ukrainian citizens in the temporarily occupied territory and from the point of view of national security. Such dashboards have already been demonstrated to representatives of state authorities of Ukraine in the Information and Analytical Situation Center of National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”.


Follow the link for full version of dashboard.

Dashboard of surface water dynamics in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts

The eastern regions of Ukraine are better supplied with water resources than the Crimean Peninsula. However, even in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts canals and aqueducts play an important role in the redistribution water in the region. Water-intensive industry, large cities are located quite far from the country's largest waterways. Artificial aqueducts were built to feed industrial regions. The military conflict has been making adjustments to the water supply system since 2014. To date, large cities in the territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities partially receive water from canals that come from the  ​​Joint Forces Operation area (JFO). The regularity of supply, and most importantly the quality and safety of such water is in great question. The hostilities changed the structure of many industrial facilities. Large tanks intended for cooling, purification, accumulation of water were partially or completely emptied. The state of the water level in such artificial reservoirs can be an indicator of the overall level of functioning of the region's industry. Climate change is also a problem in the region. The level of reservoirs that are not directly related to canals or industrial activities is changingtoo That is why it is important to constantly monitor and analyze the dynamics of surface water levels in natural and artificial reservoirs of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts (in the territories controlled and not controlled by the Ukrainian authorities). Such studies are related to the assessment of the environmental situation and national security.

The functionality of the dashboard is related to the functionality of the previous analytical panel for monitoring the surface water level of the Crimea.

The full version of the dashboard can be found at the link.

[1] Global Land Analysis and Discovery (GLAD) laboratory in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland (

[2] European Commission's Joint Research Centre in the framework of the Copernicus Programme (