The Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS) fills the information gap, which is hindering adequate management and protection of wetlands. SWOS generates information on wetland ecosystems using the opportunities offered by freely available satellite data. The SWOS Toolbox GEOclassifier and the SWOS / GEO-wetlands Community Portal provides wetland managers, policy-makers and scientists with access and tools to map the ecological character of wetlands and prepare indicators of wetland condition and changes.
The SWOS project is a European Union funded project under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The unique partnership of users, universities and industry represents organisations specialized in developing, testing and validating innovative techniques and methodologies as well as user organisations involved in wetland conservation to ensure the final SWOS Services meet the needs of end-users.
The most important objective of the SWOS project has been to provide a user-friendly wetland monitoring and information service that is developed with and for users. With an innovative approach, SWOS supplies stakeholders with harmonized wetland information that supports management and reporting for environmental policies in different regions and at different scales. The service demonstrates opportunities for improved wetland management, planning and decision making, promoting the integration of wetlands across key policy areas.