Noticias 2019

Scientists Rank World’s Most Important, Most Threatened Mountain Water Towers

Research provides new insight on mountain glacier–derived water resource systems, impacting up to 1.9 billion people globally. December 9, 2019 — Scientists from around the world have assessed the planet’s 78 mountain glacier–based water systems and, for the first time, ranked them in order of their importance to adjacent lowland communities, as well as their…

Hands-on training with Google Earth Engine in Myanmar

From 4 till 15 November, FutureWater and HKV gave a hands-on training at Yangon Technological University on using the Google Earth Engine cloud computing platform for satellite-derived data analyses for water resources management in Myanmar. The 8-day training was organized under the framework of the Orange Knowledge Tailor-Made Training (TMT) Program, which is funded by…

Publication of Mekong State Of the Basin Report with substantial FutureWater contribution

Last week, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) released the latest Mekong State Of the Basin Report (SOBR), which is MRC’s flagship knowledge and impact monitoring product. The SOBR provides information on the current status and trends of water and related resources in the Mekong Basin. Key strategic recommendations are provided for uptake in the MRC…

Scientific field campaign to estimate evapotranspiration at field scale in Ghana

During the last week of August, FutureWater and HiView joined TU Delft and local partners for a scientific field campaign at Nyankpale-Tamale in the northern part of Ghana. This was possible as part of the Horizon 2020 project TWIGA, Transforming Weather Water data into value-added Information services for sustainable Growth in Africa. Hosted by the…

Modelling training provided to representatives from Madagascar

Futurewater has organized a two-week workshop (from 16 to 30 July) to provide hands-on training in relation to a modelling platform (LANDSIM-R) developed part of its activities undertaken for the LAUREL project. The prototype focuses on simulating hydrological and erosion processes at the regional scale and is provided as a toolbox grouping input data and…

HERMANA: Un sistema de soporte a la decisión para la gestión integral de cuencas

Nota de prensa Hoy, 10 de julio, se presenta en Calí (Colombia), y por primera vez al público, HERMANA (Herramienta para el Manejo Integral del Agua), una solución tecnológica que ayuda a la Gestión Integral de los Recursos Hídricos, y la detección y toma de decisiones frente a situaciones de alerta hidrometeorológica. HERMANA es una…

Millions of farmers depend on meltwater from Himalaya glaciers

Last month new research showed that in the past 20 years, glaciers in the Himalaya were melting at a higher rate than in years before. Crop production and livelihoods of around 129 million farmers depend on meltwater from these glaciers. This is shown by an international group of researchers, including FutureWater team members, in a…

Rwandese experts visit the Netherlands for a training on water management

This week a team of experts from the Rwandese government visited the Netherlands to learn from the Dutch water authorities about their experience on water management. The focus was on peat dikes, as this mission was embedded in a joint effort of the Rwandese and Dutch government to improve the flood safety and water security…

SMART-WADI project: Drone images for farms in Iran

FutureWater travelled to Mashhad, Iran to undertake a series of key activities related to the SMART-WADI project (SMART Water Decisions for Iran) with the main goal of testing drone flights and imagery recovery from agricultural fields. The SMART-WADI project (SMART Water Decisions for Iran), carried out by a consortium of FutureWater, IHE-Delft, and local partner…

Publication on quantifying services of natural and built infrastructure in the context of climate change

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) together with FutureWater and other partners have published a report that presents findings from a study conducted to explore the synergies and trade-offs between built (i.e., engineered) and natural (i.e., ecological systems) infrastructure in the Tana River Basin, Kenya. The study considered hydrological, ecological and economic processes in order…

Use of open source platform for hydrological modelling of data sparse region in Nepal

Flooding has always been a major cause of natural disasters in a mountainous country like Nepal. Among the many natural disasters that affect Nepal, the recurring floods during the monsoon season have catastrophic consequences every year. Nepal’s fragile geological conditions and complex topography combined with frequently occurring extreme rainfall during the monsoon poses risks to…

First SPHY-model User Day organized

On 18 March FutureWater organized the first SPHY-model User Day for core developers and users of the SPHY-model. Ten core developers and users from FutureWater, Utrecht University, Wageningen University & Research and CEBAS Spain gathered at the Wageningen International Congress Centre to discuss the upcoming new release of SPHY and the way forward for effective…

TWIGA Blog: Added value of Flying Sensors: irrigation advice to pineapple farmers

In November 2018, just after the TWIGA days in Kumasi, Ghana, FutureWater, together with partners Hiview and Farmerline, conducted a pilot study using flying sensors (drones) to enhance irrigation water productivity and yields of pineapple farmers. Pineapple is a key economic resource in Ghana, but pineapple yields generally remain low. Yield losses occur due to…

Drones used to aid emergency efforts in Mozambique during the aftermath of Cyclone Idai

On 15 March 2019 Cyclone Idai hit the coast of Mozambique causing devastating damage and severe flooding in the region. The APSAN-Vale project, which is implemented in the Beira Agricultural Growth Corridor of Mozambique, is working closely with rural farming communities in the region affected by Cyclone Idai. The project team are searching ways to…

TWIGA Blog: Flying Sensors, a catalyst for revolution in farming

How can drone technology support our farming activities? This was the question that Kumasi farmers had when they went into the field for a drone workshop. Under the TWIGA Project, a consulting firm from the Netherlands called HiView was contracted by Future Water to deliver training on Flying Sensors to support Farmers’ Decision Making and Flood…

TWIGA Blog: Project meeting in Kumasi, Ghana

TWIGA aims at the provision of currently unavailable geo-information on weather, water, and climate for sub-Saharan Africa. This is done by: Enhancing satellite-based geo-data with innovative in-situ sensors and; Developing related information services that address local needs of African stakeholders and the GEOSS community. The TWIGA days organized at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science…