Digital Data & Tools

“In areas of poor infrastructure, Digital innovation presents an opportunity to leapfrog existing technologies and efficiently connect to the value chain. It has the potential to be a game changer”

Our Digital Data & Tools

In areas of poor infrastructure, Digital innovation presents an opportunity to leapfrog existing technologies and efficiently connect to the value chain. It has the potential to be a game changer. However to make this happen we need to make, machine learning, big data and blockchain more equitable and inclusive in relation to sustainability of water in developing regions of the world.

Drought monitoring system

The South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS), established in 2014, is a weekly map of drought conditions that are produced and maintained at IWMI. Numerous drought indices, including the Integrated Drought Severity Index, Standardized Precipitation Index and Soil Moisture...

Flood risk mapping

Remotely sensed information from satellites and airborne instruments can be used for estimating the extent and dynamics of flood inundation for large areas and can complement in-situ observations. IWMI’s flood risk spatial datasets contain estimated maximum flood inundation extent...

Global environmental flow information system

The interactive maps provide information related to Environmental Flows for the current condition and for the different Environmental Management Classes (EMCs) of a river system. The current condition of rivers is based on the river health indicators developed by...

Indus Basin Gender Profile Mapper

The basin maps on this website aim to provide an evidence base for analysis of gender disparities and new development opportunities.

Irrigated area mapping: Asia and Africa

IWMI’s mapping of irrigated areas continues on its priority continents of Asia and Africa. This product updates the previous estimates of irrigated areas by using the relatively higher resolution Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) satellite data and classification methods...

IWMI announces development of a new, Google-supported tool that will harness AI and satellite data for water reuse in the Middle East and North...

A new grant from Google’s philanthropic arm will help researchers develop a tool to bolster water security and climate resilience in the Middle East and North Africa.

Mapping drought patterns and impacts: A global perspective

This dataset provides global patterns and impacts of droughts with mapping of several drought-related characteristics – either at a country level or at regular grid scales. Characteristics cover various aspects of droughts – from global distribution of meteorological and...

Mobile Weather Stations

Low-cost mobile weather stations are designed to help us monitor the weather more closely. These devices could help rural communities better prepare for floods and landslides. All of the work featured here is open source. View the site at

Online Irrigation Benchmarking Services

OIBS enables non-registered users access to Benchmark indicator results, grouped by categories of irrigation system, for purposes of research.

Solar Irrigation Pump (SIP) Sizing Tool

IWMI-ICAR-BISA Beta Version By offering 1400-2200 hours of reliable, zero marginal cost, green energy for pumping, solar irrigation pumps (SIP) can be a godsend for farmers, especially those faced with rising diesel prices and unreliable farm power supply. It is not...

Water Accounting+

With many countries facing increasing water scarcity, there is an urgent need to describe water resources in a standard context, using clear terminology and in a framework that is internationally recognized and accepted. In many parts of the world,...

Water Data Portal

The Water Data Portal is a one stop shop to access all IWMI research data. Access is provided based on IP rights/copyrights and based on our agreements with partners and data providers. Though all possible efforts are made to make...

CGIAR Science Week 2024 postponed

Event to be rescheduled for later in the year.

Can digital twins help river basin management in developing countries?

The adoption of digital twins can be challenging but opportunities are growing as technology becomes more affordable.

Nicole Langa

Nicole is a Research Officer working in Water Futures Data and Analytics at the International Water Management Institute.