Revenue sharing in small hydropower: is it worth it?

This month, FutureWater has published an article in the International Water Power & Dam Construction Magazine focusing on the business case for small hydropower (small facilities without significant storage dams) to invest in catchment protection based hydropower. The hydropower sector is showing increasing interest in revenue sharing schemes that promote improved catchment protection activities.  The…

FutureWater presents successful Webinar on Real Water Savings

Does drip irrigation lead to real water savings? What is the impact of changing the irrigation efficiency on basin scale water flows? How can water managers implement water savings technologies that lead to real water savings? Several of such questions were discussed during a recent webinar. FutureWater in collaboration with the FAO Near East and…

APSAN-Vale Flying Sensor Portal 2.0 launched

The APSAN-Vale Flying Sensor portal, part of the APSAN-Vale project to show outcomes of the project to the public, has received a major update with some new and very useful functionalities. The project, which started in 2018, is piloting innovations to increase the water productivity and food security for climate resilient smallholder agriculture in the…

Mozambican – Dutch partnership on water allocation training completed

FutureWater in Mozambique had yet another successful partnership added to its already extensive collaborative activities with this Southern African country. ARA-Sul, the waterboard responsible for water management in the region around Maputo, received an eLearning course on supporting water allocation permit decisions using the WEAP tool. This training was a continuation of collaboration with the…

eLearning for PLN staff Indonesia successfully completed

FutureWater completed two eLearning courses on hydrology and on climate change for staff of PLN. PLN (Perusahaan Listrik Negar) is the biggest electricity company in Indonesia. PLN is increasingly expanding its activities to hydropower and therefore additional training needs on hydrology and climate change was needed. FutureWater developed and delivered those trainings to PLN in…

FutureWater supporting Sustainable Land Management interventions in Madagascar

Within the Land Use Planning for Enhanced Resilience of Landscapes (LAUREL) project commissioned by the World Bank, a Land Use Change Simulation Platform (LANDSIM-P) has been developed by FutureWater and partners. The objective of LANDSIM-P is to support policy makers in Madagascar by providing an integrated assessment of the impact of current and future land…

Training in the use of satellite images for water management issues for officials in Myanmar

Source: HKV FutureWater and HKV have received approval of Nuffic to conduct the training ‘Multi-level capacity building on river morphology and flood risk using state-of-the-art open satellite data and processing tools’ in Myanmar. This training is a follow-up of previous trainings at Yangon Technological University for several universities and government entities held in 2018 and…

Mavo Diami: Drought Driver of Change for Angola

Source: Netherlands Space Office (NSO) The United Nations reminds us of two major effects of climate change every June 17th: desertification and drought. Especially in Africa, where it means food insecurity for at least 45 million people (source UN). In Angola, a consortium of Dutch organisations is working with the Government to introduce climate-smart technologies…

FutureWater presents added value of Flying Sensors at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference

FutureWater, in collaboration with TUDelft and the TWIGA project, has participated in the Precipitation and Urban Hydrology session of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) conference which is held from 4-8 May. In response the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the EGU has gone completely virtual and hosted the EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online. This event will offer all…

FutureWater launches APSAN-Vale Flying Sensor Portal

Today FutureWater launched a portal for flying sensor imagery taken in Mozambique as part of the APSAN-Vale project. The project, which started in 2018, is piloting innovations to increase the water productivity and food security for climate resilient smallholder agriculture in the Zambezi valley of Mozambique. It will demonstrate what the best combinations are of…

FutureWater and HiView present at the GrowCongo! conference

At the GrowCongo! conference, organized by NABC, FutureWater and HiView conducted a pitch for a delegation from Republic of Congo including Prime Minister Clément Mouamba. Prime Minister Mouamba was accompanied by several ministers of his government, amongst which the Minister of Agriculture. The governmental team was present at the conference to promote agricultural business between…

Advanced cloud computing for water resources management in Myanmar

FutureWater, together with HKV and Yangon Technological University, have successfully organized a symposium on Advanced cloud computing for water resources management in Myanmar on 13th of December 2019. The symposium was organized under the framework of the Orange Knowledge Tailor-Made Training (TMT) Program, which is funded by NUFFIC, the Dutch organization for internationalization in education….

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 launched for sustainable water management in Colombia

Press release The Valle del Cauca, in the western part of Colombia, is the country’s third-largest economy. The valley does have a lot of surface water and groundwater available, but sustainable use of these water resources is frequently under strain. Sugar cane is an important source of income. It is also a crop type that…

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…

TWIGA Blog: Successful drone training at KNUST in Kumasi, Ghana

Eleven motivated participants. A Flying Sensor. A challenging task to perform. Perfect facilities (Thank you Mr Isaac Duodu from Kumasi Business Incubator!). The right assistance (Mr Joel Budu from Farmerline!). That’s what it takes to perform a week’s training and finish it successfully. Coming from different professional backgrounds most of the trainees did not know…

Socio-economic development is the key driver for the future South Asian water gap

The current United Nations Climate Change Conference COP24 held in Katowice, Poland once more demonstrates the world’s climate change concerns. In the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra river basins, a global climate change hotspot and home for about 900 million people, these concerns are pressing, since the river systems provide water resources for the important agricultural,…

Satellite technology and drone images to reduce groundwater use in Iran

The SMART-WADI project (SMART Water Decisions for Iran), carried out by a consortium of FutureWater, IHE-Delft, and local partner EWERI, focuses on farmers who irrigate their crops with groundwater. The aim is to provide up-to-date information and advice on water productivity, irrigation and farm management. The project combines the latest satellite technology for the quantification…

FutureWater to launch RainMyanmar at the 2018 Greater Mekong Forum on Water, Food and Energy

Although rainfall stations continue to be an irreplaceable source of data, satellite-derived products provide valuable additional information on spatial patterns and remote sites where no stations are present. Thanks to Google Earth Engine, these data products are now publicly available and can improve water management policies, practice and research worldwide. RainMyanmar is an app targeted…

Even 1.5 degrees is too much for South Asia

The river basins of the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra in South Asia are seen as climate change hotspots. These river basins, which are largely fed by mountain water are home to a population around 900 million people, which is likely to increase to al 1 billion halfway the 21st century. Climate change is expected to…

Successful BRIGAID project meeting in Cartagena, Spain

During October 17, 18 and 19, several activities co-organized by FutureWater and Icatalist took place in Cartagena in the framework of the 6th Regular Meeting of the EU-H2020 BRIGAID project. During the first day, a selection of innovators, users and financing actors from the region and the rest of Europe were gathered around a thematic…

Press release: Traditional Japanese cuisine is under threat from global water problems

Water scarcity and extreme weather events – both now and under climate change – outside Japan’s borders are expected to pose an increasing risk to Japan’s agri-food importers and to the wider consumer market. In Japan, many traditional culinary ingredients such as rice, edamame, miso and tofu (soybean products) – as well as increasingly popular…

Stockholm World Water Week 2018: FutureWater will present ThirdEye’s Water Productivity service

FutureWater will participate in the African Spatial Delight side event of the Stockholm World Water Week 2018, convened by VIA Water, AfriAlliance and the G4AW programme of the Dutch government. The ThirdEye service of FutureWater and HiView, currently applied in Mozambique, Kenya and Ghana, is one of the innovations that will be presented and demonstrated…

FutureWater gives Remote Sensing and Agricultural Services Course in Angola

The Government of Angola is developing a policy to diversify the country’s economy, strongly dependent on the income of the oil sector. Agriculture is considered one of the priority sectors to be developed. A favorable climate and a relatively high availability of water resources and fertile soils, can lead Angola to become one of the…

Mekong State Of the Basin Report 2018: FutureWater prepares Upper Mekong Chapters

The Mekong State Of the Basin Report (SOBR) is published by the Mekong River Commission (MRC) every five years, in advance of the cyclic updating of the Basin Development Strategy. The SOBR plays a key role in improving monitoring and communication of conditions in the Mekong Basin, and is MRC’s flagship knowledge and impact monitoring…

FutureWater and HiView give lectures on the use of flying sensors

Last week FutureWater, together with its partner HiView, gave 2 days of lectures at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, which partners with UNESCO. As part of their master degree, around 25 students were taught on the theory behind flying sensors (also known as drones), the different types of applications and how to use them…

Seminar on the use of flying sensors in agriculture held in Kenya

In a bid to create and increase more awareness on the use of flying sensors (drones) in agriculture, FutureWater and HiView, held a seminar on March 2, 2018 at the KALRO (Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization) Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The seminar was attended by KALRO researchers, representatives of SNV, government employees, as well…

Training on Google Earth Engine for water resource analysis organized in Myanmar

Last month, the training Cloud computing for water resource analyses in Myanmar using Google Earth Engine, executed by FutureWater and HKV, was successfully conducted at Yangon Technological University (YTU), Yangon, Myanmar. The training was organized in the framework of the Leapfrogging Delta Management in Myanmar, led by Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and funded…

Third HERMANA project mission to present beta version of the Water Management Information Center

From 5 to 9 March 2018, staff people of the HERMANA project presented the first version of the Water Management Information Center (WMIC) for the Cauca Valley Basin at the CVC headquarters in Cali, Colombia. This information center aims to be the cornerstone for supporting the decision-making process at the technical and institutional levels in…

FutureWater research cited in United Nations report

Today, 22 March 2018, is World Water Day. Like every year on the 22nd of March this day is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. In its World…

ThirdEye makes drone technology accessible for African farmers

In the Netherlands, drones already play an important role in agriculture: from the air they can monitor the growth of crops very precisely. Here high-quality sensors and relatively expensive drones are used. Thanks to these sensors and special software the needs of the crops (e.g. water, fertilizer or plant protection products) can be calculated. “A…

New Horizon 2020 project TWIGA officially started

Last week the kick-off meeting took place of a new Horizon 2020 project TWIGA; Transforming Water, weather, and climate information through In situ observations for Geo-services in Africa. The project aims to provide actionable geo-information on weather, water, and climate in Africa through innovative combinations of new in situ sensors and satellite-based geo-data. With the…

New IMPREX policy brief: EU’s vulnerability to climate change impacts outside its borders

Climate change is leading to increased water scarcity and drought in many parts of the world. This has implications for the European Union (EU) because a lot of the goods consumed or used in the EU are produced abroad. This makes its economy dependent on water resources from beyond its borders. As part of the…

First ThirdEye flying sensor operators trained in Kenya

The ThirdEye project supports farmers in Kenya by setting up a network of flying sensors operators. These operators are equipped with flying sensors and tools to analyse the obtained imagery. In December ThirdEye staff conducted an intensive two weeks flying sensor training at Agricultural Training Centre (ATC) Kaguru, 15 km south of Meru, Kenya. The…

Study conducted on water productivity mapping using flying sensors and crop modeling

Recently, FutureWater conducted a study for RVO to test the feasibility of mapping water productivity and yield gaps based on a combination of Flying Sensor imagery and crop water productivity modeling in order to provide plot-level recommendations to farmers. The objective of this pilot study was to achieve plot-level maps of water productivity and yield…

Climate change will result in increased hydrological extremes in the upstream domains of the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra

Hydrological extremes, such as the South Asian monsoon floods of last year, have a devastating impact on a society. Evidence suggests that hydrological extremes are increasing. To reduce the adverse impacts of hydrological extremes, adaptation strategies need to be developed, which requires knowledge on which drivers/processes are responsible for changes in hydrological extremes. For this…

FutureWater started the HERMANA project with two missions to the Cauca Valley Corporation

Two missions in September and October 2017 were held in Calí, Colombia as the starting point of the HERMANA project. During these missions, the HERMANA team, composed by staff from Deltares, FutureWater, and the Dutch Water Authorities, shared Dutch and Colombian experiences in water monitoring, management and governance. Furthermore, they identified the main functional and…

Higher crop water requirements due to climate change in Kazakhstan

The government of Kazakhstan with financial support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is planning to upgrade and rehabilitate its irrigation sector. A detailed Climate Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (CRVA) has been undertaken by a consortium led by FutureWater in 2017. The team collected all available data on the project and had undertaken a rigorous…

The Great Egyptian Water Productivity Hackathon

The limits to using new water have been largely reached, and competition between uses and users is increasing. Moreover, other sectors demand more water to be ‘freed up’ from the agricultural sector. At the same time climate change, including extreme weather events, will impact food production in several ways: unreliable rainfall, higher weed growth due…

Dutch climate experts join forces

Fourteen Dutch knowledge organisations have joined forces to provide government bodies and companies in the Netherlands and abroad with better policy advice on adapting to the enormous challenges posed by climate change. Today, they signed agreements to establish the Netherlands Consortium on Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA). The consortium will integrate knowledge and expertise from various…

At least one-third of Asian glaciers will disappear

Even if the planet only warms up by 1.5 degrees Celsius – which is what the signatories to the Paris climate agreement are aiming for – one-third of all Asian glaciers will have melted by 2100, according to a study carried out by Utrecht University and FutureWater, which is published in Nature on 14 September….

FutureWater releases new study on monitoring Water Productivity

Water Productivity, expressed as the amount of crop yield over the amount of water consumed (kg/m3), has been accepted as the standard to monitor sustainable water management. FutureWater has evaluated various methods, including satellites and Flying Sensors (drones) to monitor Water Productivity for a demonstration project ThirdEye in southern Mozambique. Monitoring Water Productivity is set…

White paper published: On Spatially Distributed Hydrological Ecosystem Services

FutureWater published a white paper to demonstrate that, by leveraging technologies and remote sensing data, Hydrological EcoSystem Services (HESS) at the river basin scale can be effectively described, quantified and compared in space and time. This white paper demonstrates state-of-the-art methods for assessing different HESS and their tradeoffs under different development scenarios. It explores opportunities for…

Boussinesq Prize 2017 awarded to Walter Immerzeel

Text adopted from: Boussinesqcenter.nl On Friday June 2nd Walter Immerzeel (Utrecht University) received the Boussinesq Prize 2017 awarded by prof. Bob Su. Walter Immerzeel has quickly become one of the most influential and highly cited young scientists in mountain hydrology, in particular on the effect of climate change on snow and glaciers in High Mountain Asia…

FutureWater at FAO seminar on drought and agriculture: Close the drought management cycle in Vietnam

FutureWater has presented work in Vietnam on the development of a drought information system, during a high-level event at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters, gathering specialists from all over the world. The international seminar on drought organized by Iran, the Netherlands, and FAO in Rome aimed to catalyse a renewed international push to tackle…

MSc thesis research on efficient use of water in agriculture: visiting Xai-Xai, Mozambique

Increasing world population, rising food demand, limited water resources. Currently 70% of the fresh water uptakes are already used for irrigation. The need for efficient water use in agriculture is undisputed! The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 6.4 is set at the improvement of efficient use in order to reduce water scarcity and maintain food…

Regional Training on Hydrological Modelling in the Hindu Kush Himalaya, Nepal

The Hindu Kush-Himalayan region is highly dynamic as there are many socio-economic and environmental drivers at play, including climate change. The impacts of these changes challenge the resilience of natural and human capacities and environments in the region. Recent studies have shown that the Himalayan region and the downstream areas that depend on its water…

Successful scoping mission for new World Bank project on enhanced landscape resilience in Madagascar

Deforestation, population growth, and climate change are only some of the challenges to sustainable landscape management in Madagascar. Severe impacts of land degradation on crop production, water availability and biodiversity are already observed and expected to exacerbate in the future. To address these challenges, the World Bank is supporting the PADAP project, which is based…

Field visit on monitoring water productivity in Quelimane, Mozambique

To follow up a good practical example of a our Masterclass on Water Productivity, our colleague Nadja den Besten went on a mission to Quelimane in Mozambique. FutureWater was invited to assess project APROVALE, Água Produtiva no Vale do Zambeze, in the Zambezi Valley. The project is led by Agencia de Desenvolvimento do Vale do Zambeze…

A4Lab deploys FutureWater’s drone technique to explore water potential of dry river beds in Mozambique

Text adopted from Dutchwatersector.com Research group A4Lab deployed a drone of FutureWater’s Mozambican ThirdEye project, to assess the water availability in the dry river beds of the Limpopo river, near the city of Chókwè in Moazambique. The exploration is to deliver more data on the amounts of water in the sandy river beds throughout the dry…

Expert mission to Bolivia on drought early warning systems

The Ministry of Water and Environment in Bolivia has asked the Dutch Government for support in relation to the drought issues they face. Last week, a team consisting of team leader Otto de Keizer (Deltares) and Johannes Hunink (FutureWater) left for Bolivia. As a result of El Niño, the country is struggling with a long…

Water Productivity Masterclass: From Monitoring to Improvement

Water productivity is a much discussed topic in the water and agricultural sector, especially in water-scarce countries. Between March and May 2017, a series of master classes on water productivity are organized by MetaMeta together with RAIN and NWP, under the auspices of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The masterclasses are meant for SMEs…

Workshop and training on hydropower and forestry management in Gabon

Last week, the final results of the work in the Mbé basin in Gabon were presented to the stakeholders. The presentation was followed by a very participative discussion on the next steps. The study provides solid evidence that there is a clear economic benefit in the sustainable management and conservation of the watershed. The Nature…

ThirdEye project featured in USAID Water Sector Activities Report

SWFF Innovators FutureWater was featured in USAID’s recently published Safeguarding the World’s Water: Report of Water Sector Activities, which details the Agency’s investments and efforts in WASH and nutrition, agricultural water management, sustainability of WASH services; sanitation; and water quality. This report describes a wide range of programs consistent with USAID’s Water and Development strategy’s focus on maintaining…

Final block of training in Water Resources Modelling for ARA-Sul and ARA-Norte

During the weeks of 21 November through 2 December, Wilco Terink and Sonu Khanal from FutureWater provided the final block of training in Water Resources Modelling to ARA-Sul and ARA-Norte in Pemba, Mozambique. This training was funded by NUFFIC’s Tailor-Made Training Programme, which is part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP II), and is specifically…

Fruitful kick-off meeting of the System-Risk project in Potsdam

The System-Risk kick-off meeting hosted by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences took place from 10-14 October in the Potsdam. The 1st day of the meeting started with presentations about challenges imposed at different levels of flood risk chain assessment by the lead scientist from each Work Package, followed by a short research plan…

New publication on the impacts of climate change on the upper Indus basin

The Indus is one of the most meltwater-dependent rivers on Earth, and hosts a large, rapidly growing population and the world’s largest irrigation scheme. Understanding the hydrology of the upper Indus basin is challenging. The Hindu Kush, Karakoram and Himalayan mountain ranges are difficult to access, hampering field measurements of meteorological, glaciological and hydrological processes….

IMPREX partners kick off the second project year in Crete

Text adopted from IMPREX.eu Time flies when you’re passionate is an apt saying to describe the three intense and productive days of the IMPREX General Assembly. The meeting was hosted by the project partners from the Technical University of Crete and took place from 26-28 September in the scenic landscapes of the Crete island. The…

FutureWater trains national experts in Armenia on climate change, water and crops

FutureWater provides a training program to technical staff of relevant institutes and organizations in Armenia, on using simulation models for assessing vulnerability and planning of climate adaptation measures, with emphasis on water and agriculture. This week (17-Oct until 22-Oct 2016) a 1-week training is given, on using AquaCrop for assessing water-related and climate change-driven impacts…

InfoSequia.es: A web-based interactive climate service for drought monitoring in the Spanish Iberian Peninsula

FutureWater redesigns the web-based platform InfoSequía.es by improving the visualization and the interactive extraction of drought information. InfoSequía.es provides weekly updates of drought severity maps, bulletins and historical series of satellite drought indices. This information aims to complement hydrological drought indices published by the Water Basin Authorities and the Spanish National Drought Observatory. Several regions…

FutureWater awards two young scientists at the BioHydrology2016 International Conference

FutureWater attended the 4th Biohydrology International Conference “Walking on drylands” and awarded a prize to the best oral communication by a young scientist. For taking the end-decision, members of the Scientific Committee and of FutureWater scored all the candidates according to three main fields: Scientific relevance for the management and planning of water resources Applicability…

ThirdEye presented as innovative technology in Mozambique

From August 29 to September 4 the International Trade Fair FACIM took place in Maputo, Mozambique. On this fair the Dutch Embassy organized a Holland pavilion where several Dutch organisations presented themselves to the Mozambican market. On Wednesday August 31 this pavilion was market by the FACIM WATER EVENT ‘The adaptation of innovative technologies in the Mozambican…

FutureWater Co-Convenes Session at the World Water Week

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), FutureWater and Statkraft convene a session on Mountains, glaciers, and hydropower in a changing climate at the World Water Week, organized in Stockholm 28 August – 2 September. This session will highlight the role of mountains in providing water, food, and energy for sustainable growth using examples…

First week of successful training in Water Resources Modeling for ARA-Sul and ARA-Norte, Mozambique

During the week of 11-15 July, training in Water Resources Modeling (using SPHY) was provided to ARA-Sul and ARA-Norte (water boards) in Mozambique. This training was funded by NUFFIC’s Tailor-Made Training Programme, which is part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP II), and is specifically meant to enhance the overall functioning of an organization by…

FutureWater organizes coordination meeting for IMPREX project at EU Joint Research Centre

On 27 and 28 June, IMPREX partners working on agriculture and droughts gathered in the premises of the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) in the Italian city of Ispra. The two-day meeting provided an opportunity to review recent progress, coordinate future actions, and to establish links with relevant activities and laboratories of the JRC. The…

Identifying and designing business models for the ThirdEye project in Mozambique

How to be a commercial business, and at the same time reach out to the rural poor and enable them to increase their food production and improve their livelihoods? The key ingredient for success is getting the right business model! Agricultural Business Developer Jelle van den Akker investigated the transition of the ThirdEye project from a…

FutureWater participates in the BRIGAID project kick-off meeting

During the 12th and 13th of May, the kick-off meeting of the BRIGAID project took place at the Technical University of Delft (Netherlands). This EU-Horizon2020 project supports those innovations which aim to reduce the impacts of floods, droughts and extreme weather events. The BRIGAID’s mission is to turn already existing prototypes into market-ready products. This…

PhD research: More water in Asian rivers due to climate change

Text adopted from Utrecht University On Friday 27 May Arthur Lutz defends his PhD thesis, which is the result of a joint PhD project by FutureWater and Utrecht University. He concludes that climate change will lead to more rainfall and meltwater, thus leading to more water in Asian rivers. More than one billion Most large rivers…

ThirdEye: Training new Flying Sensor operators in Mozambique

A key factor in enabling an increase and efficiency in food production is providing farmers with relevant information. Such information is needed as farmers have limited resources (seed, water, fertilizer, pesticides, human power) and are always in doubt in which location and when they should supply these resources. Interesting is that especially smallholders, with their…

FutureWater contributes to the EGU General Assembly 2016

Results of several ongoing projects of FutureWater were being disseminated among a large group of scientists last week during the General Assembly 2016 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). The EGU General Assembly was held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 17 to 22 April 2016. It is the largest conference on the…

PhD position: Development of Future Weather techniques for flood risk assessment

We are delighted that you consider joining the ETN System-Risk as an Early Stage Research (ESR) fellow. System-Risk is a Marie-Skłodowska-Curie European Training Network which aims on developing and implementing a systems approach for large-scale flood risk assessment and management and provides a framework for training and career development of 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). The network brings…

FutureWater presents at conference on Climate Change Impacts for Indus Basin Waters

An International Conference on Climate and Environmental Change Impacts on the Indus Basin Waters was organized jointly by ICIMOD, The World Bank Group and the International Water Management Institute from 16 to 19 February 2016 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Indus River Basin is shared by four countries Afghanistan, China, India, and Pakistan.  The Indus Basin…

FutureWater receives award for the best contribution on precision agriculture and flying sensors

The contribution “Spectral and physiological responses of Citrus irrigated with saline reclaimed water combined with deficit irrigation strategies” was recently awarded as the best submission in the “Precision Agriculture” thematic panel of the 2nd Spanish Symposium of Horticultural Engineering held in Almeria between 12-16 February. The contribution was led by Cristina Romero and is the…

InfoSequia at the XII Scientific Conference of the Experimental Station of Arid Zones

The drought portal InfoSequía was presented at the XII Scientific Conference organized by the Experimental Station of Arid Zones (EEZA -CSIC ) and held on 5 February on the University Campus of Almeria. During this event taking place annually since 2005, researchers and experts share their latest advances and innovations through mini-lectures. FutureWater contributed to…

Innovation project ‘Dike monitoring with Flying Sensors’ completed

On Thursday the 21st of January the innovation project “Dike monitoring with Flying Sensors” was concluded with a meeting at the head office of “Wetterskip Fryslân” (the water board of Friesland). During the afternoon the results of the Dike monitoring project, which had a duration of one and a half year, were presented by FutureWater,…

New approach to select climate models for impact studies

Climate change impact studies depend on projections of future climate provided by climate models. The selection of an ensemble of climate models is not straightforward, but defines the outcome of climate change impact studies to a large extent. A new approach to select representative climate models was developed by FutureWater in collaboration with Alterra Wageningen…

FutureWater develops 3D model of Langtang glacier in Nepal

FutureWater developed a 3D model of the Langtang glacier in Nepal, made using our UAV data. The model can also be viewed in 3D by using Google Cardboard.

Documentary on climate change in the Himalayas

The Himalayas and adjacent mountain ranges are an important source of water for more than 25% of the global population. However, it is unknown how much snow and rain falls in those vast mountain ranges, because of the lack of observations and the inaccessibility of the terrain. Understanding how much water is available in the…

Training weeks on water resources and water allocation modelling for ARAs in Pemba, Mozambique

In order to have a stronger advisory role towards policy and decision makers and people living in their management areas, three ARAs (water boards) of Mozambique require knowledge on how-to use and apply Water Resources and Water Allocation Models. Because the ARAs were facing a knowledge constraint on these topics, they requested a Tailor-Made Training…

Webinar on the Asian Water Towers and Climate Change

The high mountain ranges in Asia are also called the Asian Water Towers, providing water resources for the densely populated downstream areas, where millions of people depend on the water coming from upstream. The water generated in the high Asian mountains feeds into the world’s largest irrigation schemes and reservoirs. Downstream water demands are high,…

Himalayan snowfall underestimated

The amount of snow and rain in the Himalaya is about twice as high as commonly assumed. Research in the Indus basin by scientists from Utrecht University, FutureWater and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) led to the discovery. These findings have important bearing for water management and climate change impact assessments. The…

Second regional training on glacio-hydrological modeling using the SPHY model in Kathmandu, Nepal

The Hindu Kush-Himalayan region is highly dynamic as there are many socio-economic and environmental drivers at play, including climate change. The impacts of these changes challenge the resilience of natural and human capacities and environments in the region. Recent studies have shown that the Himalayan region and the downstream areas that depend on its water…

Launch of The Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas at COP21

On 11 December the HKH Water Atlas (‘The Himalayan Climate and Water Atlas: Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Five of Asia’s Major River Basins’) will be launched at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21). The conference is held in Le Bourget, Paris, France from 29 November to 11 December. The…

FutureWater and partners kick off IMPREX project

To advance the state-of–the-art in operational hydro-meteorological forecasting, a newly funded project called IMPREX has recently been launched. IMPREX stands for: IMproving PRedictions and management of hydrological EXtremes. The project, awarded €7.9 million over 4 years by the European Commission, aims to improve society’s ability to anticipate and respond to future hydrological extreme events in…

Open webinar on the impact of climate change on the Asian Water Towers

The high mountain ranges in Asia are also called the Asian Water Towers, providing water resources for the densely populated downstream areas, where millions of people depend on the water coming from upstream. The water generated in the high Asian mountains feeds into the world’s largest irrigation schemes and reservoirs. Downstream water demands are high,…

Expanding the Third Eye project in Mozambique

The Third Eye project has been operational now for a few months in the regadios, irrigation schemes of Chokwe (HICEP) and Xai Xai (RBL). During the past weeks our field officer, Jan van Til, was in Mozambique to monitor the project progress and to acquire new partnership and collaborations. Jan visited 4 flying sensor operators…

HI-AWARE training for the use of High Altitude Monitoring equipment

FutureWater co-organized a training course for HI-AWARE team members in the use high-altitude monitoring equipment at Koenders Instruments in the Netherlands. Participants from ICIMOD, PARC, PMD, TERI and FutureWater met during 3rd November until 6th November at Koenders Instruments in the Netherlands to be trained in the installation and operation of various hydrometeorological equipment, which…

Resuming research in Nepal after the earthquake

Dr. Walter Immerzeel participated in an expedition to the Langtang region in October 2015 together with a group of scientists and a journalist from ICIMOD. It was the first time after the earthquake in April 2015 for the scientists to return this area, where they have been working for the past few years. It was…

Launch of InfoSequía.es: Web-portal on the drought status of the Iberian Peninsula

FutureWater launches InfoSequia, a website with data updates on the drought status of the Iberian Peninsula. InfoSequía provides weekly drought bulletins with maps of satellite-based drought indices that complement hydrological drought indices used by Spanish Water Basin Authorities. In Spain drought management is regulated by Law 10/2001 of the National Hydrological Plan which requires: 1)…

Pilot study started for a Payment for Watershed Services Scheme in Uganda

Last week FutureWater participated in the inception meeting organized by WWF in Uganda, on the Hydrological and Agronomic Study for a Payment for Watershed Services Scheme in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda. This is a pilot study within a larger project coordinated by WWF, called “Sustainable Financing of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park (SFRMNP) Project”…

Successful second training week in Water Allocation Modeling in Mozambique

During the week of 3-7 August, training in Water Allocation Modeling (using WEAP) was provided to 3 ARAs (water boards) in Mozambique, being ARA-Centro, ARA-Centro-Norte, and ARA-Norte. This training was funded by NUFFIC’s Tailor-Made Training Programme, which is part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP II), and is specifically meant to enhance the overall functioning of…

Successful first training week in Water Resources Modeling in Mozambique

During the week of 27-31 July, training in Water Resources Modeling (using SPHY) was provided to 3 ARAs (water boards) in Mozambique, being ARA-Centro, ARA-Centro-Norte, and ARA-Norte. This training was funded by NUFFIC’s Tailor-Made Training Programme, which is part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP II), and is specifically meant to enhance the overall functioning…

FutureWater’s Global Maps of Soil Hydraulic Properties Available

FutureWater has developed global maps of soil hydraulic properties to support hydrological modelling. The maps, at a resolution of 1 km world-wide, are now available. The maps are produced by combining the best soil information at global scale and most up-to-date pedo-transfer functions currently available. Soil information is the basis for all environmental studies. Since…

SPHY v2.0 published in Geoscientific Model Development

In response to various water-related challenges, FutureWater and its partners have developed the Spatial Processes in HYdrology (SPHY) model and applied the model in various research projects. SPHY is a state-of-the-art, easy to use, robust tool, that can be applied for operational as well as strategic decision support. We are now proud to announce that…

ThirdEye project website now online: ThirdEyeWater.com

Farmers are confronted with a lack of knowledge on where and when to apply their limited resources as water, fertilizer, and seeds. A key factor in enabling an increase and efficiency in food production is providing farmers with relevant information. Such information is needed as farmers have limited resources (seed, water, fertilizer, pesticides, human power)…

Successful SPHY training provided to Vietnamese water professionals in Hanoi

On June 2, 2015, Thuy Loi University in Hanoi hosted a short course for professionals from Vietnamese organizations to transfer knowledge and technology on water resources modelling. This training for professionals was organized in the framework of the NICHE project Improvement of higher education in water management in view of climatic change in Vietnam, financed…

Upcoming training course: Water resources modelling using the SPHY-model (October 2015)

In October 2015 FutureWater offers a training course on water resources modelling using the Spatial Process in Hydrology (SPHY) model in Wageningen, the Netherlands. In response to various water-related challenges, FutureWater and its partners have developed the Spatial Processes in HYdrology (SPHY) model and applied the model in various research projects. SPHY is a state-of-the-art, easy to use,…

Earthquake Nepal: Post-event risk and impact assessments

The magnitude 7.8 Gorkha earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, caused extensive damage in Kathmandu Valley and severely affected Nepal’s rural areas. The Langtang Valley in the Rasuwa district was particularly hard hit, as became apparent after pictures taken by a rescue helicopter mission on April 26 (link). Numerous tourists and Nepali were,…

Africa’s first Water Fund to Combat Rising Threats to Food Security, Water and Energy Supplies

This press note was released by The Nature Conservancy and covered by various media (as Reuters, SciDev, interview at CNBC). More info on the project, check our project page. The Kenya government, businesses, conservation groups and utilities launched Africa’s first Water Fund today. The Fund is designed to provide a sustained water supply to a…

FutureWater in Workshop on Water Management and Rainfed Agriculture in the MENA Region

FutureWater has participated in a workshop on Water Management and Rain Fed Agriculture in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, organized by Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, and the German Jordan University. The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen research efforts on this very relevant topic. Several researchers from European and North African…

SPHY model published in Geoscientific Model Development “Discussions”

In response to various water-related challenges, FutureWater and its partners have developed the Spatial Processes in HYdrology (SPHY) model and applied the model in various research projects. SPHY is a state-of-the-art, easy to use, robust tool, that can be applied for operational as well as strategic decision support. We are now proud to announce that…

Spatial Processes in Hydrology (SPHY) model website online

Since 2011 FutureWater is developing the Spatial Processes in Hydrology (SPHY) model: a distributed hydrological model which is used in a wide range of applications worldwide. SPHY is used successfully in many of our projects including climate change impact studies, water and energy applications, irrigation management and operational services. A new website is launched for…

Training on Glacio-hydrological modelling using the SPHY model

The Hindu Kush-Himalayan region is highly dynamic as there are many socio-economic and environmental drivers at play, including climate change. The impacts of these changes challenge the resilience of natural and human capacities and environments in the region. Recent studies have shown that the Himalayan region and the downstream areas that depend on its water…

Final workshop for Business Case study of the Nairobi Water Fund

Next week a final workshop on the Business Case study of the Nairobi Water Fund will be held in Murang’a town in the Upper Tana basin, Kenya. The workshop will consist of two parts: the first day the business case will be presented to a wide range of stakeholders of the Water Fund, including its…

Mission to Central Asia to support the regional dialogue on Water and Energy Vulnerability to Climate Change

FutureWater will participate in a mission to the Central Asian region for the Regional Energy Sector Vulnerability study currently being carried out. These efforts should convey to decision-makers in the region the findings of the study and explain the benefits of implementing priority actions and adaptation measures. The goal is to assist the World Bank…

HI-AWARE: Science-Policy Dialogue, ICIMOD, Nepal

HI-AWARE is one of the four consortia of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA). The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is one of the members of the HI-AWARE Consortium. Other members of the HI-AWARE Consortium include the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI),…

Final WatPlaG seminars in Beira and Maputo, Mozambique

During the week of 15-19 September the WatPlaG consortium, consisting of ARA-Centro, FutureWater, Waterschap Hunze en Aa’s, UNESCO-IHE, and WE-Consult, held its final project seminars in Beira and Maputo. The WatPlaG project’s goal was to demonstrate the Netherlands Water Governance system to ARA-Centro (waterboard) in Mozambique. The actual activities of this project were to introduce,…

Drought situation in Spain creates interest in monitoring tool of FutureWater

This year, a severe drought is threatening eastern and southern Spain.The last months have been extremely dry, threatening harvests of the rainfed areas and potentially putting farmers out of business. Murcia, Valencia and Alicante are among the worst hit areas, where rainfall has been down to just 25% of average levels, according to Meteorological Agency…

The Third Eye: Flying Sensors to Support Farmers’ Decision Making

FutureWater is pleased to announce that we are one of the 39 finalists that were approved to conduct an innovative project for “Securing Water For Food: A Grand Challenge For Development”. The “Securing Water For Food” challenge was launched in 2013 at the World Water Week in Stockholm. This challenge is supported by the United…

Increasing precipitation and glacier melt keep Asia’s rivers flowing. Continued water supply from the Himalayas in the coming decades.

A study from FutureWater, Utrecht University and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) suggests that despite retreating glaciers, the amount of water supplied by the Himalayan mountains will increase in the coming decades. Their findings were published in Nature Climate Change on 1 June. Glacier- and snowmelt contribute water to ten important river…

Participation in the first Joint River Symposium Rhine-Mekong

Representatives from the International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine basin (CHR), the International Commission for protection of the Rhine (ICPR) and the Mekong River Commission (MRC), government representatives, experts and scientists met on 8-9 May 2014 in Koblenz, Germany, at the 1st Rhine/Mekong Symposium under the theme “Climate Change and its Influence on…

FutureWater will balance the water accounts in the Segura River Basin, Spain

Recently, a new project has been awarded on water accounting in the Segura River Basin, Spain to a consortium that includes FutureWater. The ASSET (Accounting System for the Segura river and Transfer) project is funded by the European Commission under the Preparatory Action on development of prevention activities to halt desertification in Europe supported by…

FutureWater’s reserach on Climate Change highlighted

A study undertaken by a team of top-scientist led by FutureWater has been highlighted in “The Official Blog of the European Geosciences Union”. The study, undertaken on request of the World Bank, investigated the cost of adaptation to climate change and other changes in the Middle East and North Africa region. The blogged mentioned that…

A successful expedition with Flying Sensors (UAVs) in the Himalayas

HiView and FutureWater recently contributed to a successful expedition to the Nepalese Himalayas. This was the second mission after October and repeat flights were conducted with an Unmanned Aerial Survey System on large glacier. Based on this second mission it will now be possible to compare the situation in May with October and based on…

One year successful piloting with Flying Sensors (UAVs)

FutureWater celebrates one year successful piloting with Flying Sensors with its development partners HiView, Utrecht University, and ICIMOD. Flying Sensors, sometime referred to as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), can be considered as the third generation remote sensing. First generation remote sensing was done from manned airplanes, which is very costly and requires substantial preparation time…

Peter Droogers’ scientific work highly cited (h-index of 20)

FutureWater’s scientific director Peter Droogers has reached the level to be amongst one of the highly cited scientists. His h-index has reached to a level of 20, which brings him to the top 10% researchers in terms of publications and citations. Peter has published in total 60 scientific publications and his work was cited in…

WatPlaG seminars in Chimoio and Beira, Mozambique

During the week of 30 September through 4 October, the WatPlaG consortium (FutureWater, Waterschap Hunze and Aa’s, UNESCO-IHE, and WE-consult) visited Chimoio and Beira for two seminars, and hands-on training in using the WEAP model. This WatPlaG project mission started with a general project discussion on Monday at ARA-Centro, Beira. For the remainder of the…

Participation in a short scientific mission in the Colorado River Basin, Argentina

FutureWater staff Sergio Contreras has just started a Short Term Scientific Mission in Argentina taking place from the 16th to the 31st of October 2013. The mission aims to provide insight on the water balance in the middle section of the Colorado River Basin. An intense conversion of native ecosystems into irrigated agriculture is expected…

Steering Committee Meeting kicks off business case study for Nairobi Water Fund

The 23rd to the 27th of September, a technical meeting and a Steering Committee Meeting of the Nairobi Water Fund took place which officially launched the Business Case Development study for this fund. This will be the first Water Fund in Africa, after that The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has launched several successful ones in Latin…

INTOGENER project presented at the Living Planet Symposium 2013

The ESA Living Planet Symposium was this year held in Edinburgh during 9-13 September. The objective of this symposium is to present the results of ESA EO (Earth Observation) missions. This was a perfect opportunity to present the “INTOGENER ARTES 20 Demonstration Study on Water Flow Forecast Service in Remote Mountainous Areas”. The consortium for…

Increasing precipitation prevents rivers from drying up. Himalayas to become warmer and wetter over the next century.

Climate change in the Himalayas will result in smaller glaciers and less meltwater. However, the water levels of its rivers will not drop over the next century, due to an increase in monsoon rains in the region. Research by scientists from Utrecht University (Walter Immerzeel, who also works for FutureWater), Deltares and ETH Zürich led…

Two recent developments presented at 11th International Precipitation Conference

Last week the 11th International Precipitation Conference took place, in Wageningen, Netherlands. FutureWater presented two recent outcomes: one on the spatial prediction of precipitation and the second on the effect of high-resolution rainfall products on small catchments. The first development presented by Johannes Hunink to experts in the field was the spatial mapping tool for…

Summer course on climate change and hydrological impacts

FutureWater will collaborate in a summer course at the Tecnnical University of Cartagena (UPCT), on decision support methods and tools that allow to anticipate, assess and adapt to hydrological changes linked to global change. FutureWater staff will expose different methodologies to carry out their studies in this field, including in Spain and Argentina. Also they…

Expansion of the FutureWater team in Spain

Since April 2013 the FutureWater team in Cartagena, Spain, is enforced by Dr. S. (Sergio) Contreras López. Sergio is specialized in the ecohydrological functioning of native and agroecosytems of arid regions, and its relation with human activities. He will start working on a project in southeastern Spain, using several remote sensing tools and the SPHY…

Workshop and seminar on spatial rainfall product in Ecuador

Last week a 3-day workshop was organized in Ecuador for technical experts on water resources management. This workshop concluded the project carried out in the Tungurahua province, on remote sensing-based rainfall mapping. The objective of the workshop was to transfer the results to the technical staff of the province administration and other institutes in Ecuador…

Successful completion of the “Assessment of the irrigation potential” study

In February 2011 FutureWater in collaboration with WaterWatch started a research on the irrigation potential of the seven Nile Equatorial Lakes (NEL) countries, on behalf of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI) and in cooperation with the Regional Agriculture and Trade Program (RATP). In the first phase the countrywide irrigation potential was studied for Burundi, Kenya,…

Green Water Management and Credits Toolkit for China

In June 2012, a consortium of ISRIC, FutureWater, and Nelen en Schuurmans started the project, financed by Partners for Water/NL. Green Water Management & Credits is a concept that allows quantification of water supply and demand, erosion reduction, yield increase, sedimentation amounts, and hydropower production. These are needed to calculate the economic costs and benefits…

Peter Droogers appointed as Editor of Agricultural Water Management Journal

Peter Droogers, director of FutureWater, has been appointed as Editor of the scientific journal Agricultural Water Management. The journal publishes papers of international significance relating to the science, economics, and policy of agricultural water management. Peter responded to his nomination that “this appointment is a wonderful reflection of our scientific work at FutureWater over the…

Final successful presentation of the REDSIM project in Brussels

The DG-Environment of the European Commission organized a meeting in Brussels, in which the 4 pilot projects launched in 2011, including REDSIM, showed and discussed their final results with the European officers. The goal of the meeting was to provide input for the Blueprint to safeguard waters in Europe, of which a policy document has…

A study on the use of high-resolution vs. coarse-resolution satellite imagery in crop yield forecasting

FutureWater has started a project that evaluates the added value of high-resolution satellite imagery above coarse resolution satellite imagery in crop yield forecasting. FutureWater undertakes this project in collaboration with the Soil Physics and Land Management Group of Wageningen University and eLeaf. This project is commissioned by CCAFS and funded by CIAT. The question of…

Started a study on rainfall variability in province of Ecuador

FutureWater just started a study on the spatial and temporal variability of rainfall in the catchments of a province in Ecuador. In this area there are currently large data gaps and no detailed information exists on the principal component of the water balance. Besides, especially in the high mountain areas (moorland) there are hardly any…

Green Water Management and Credits Toolkit for China

In June 2012, a consortium of ISRIC, FutureWater, and Nelen en Schuurmans won the project, financed by Partners for Water. Green Water Management & Credits is a concept developed by ISRIC. It allows quantification of water supply and demand, erosion reduction, yield increase, sedimentation amounts, and hydropower production that is needed to calculate the economic…

Towards a Mekong Delta Portal

In a consortium led by Nelen & Schuurmans, the following consortium partners will work together on the Partners for Water subsidized project “Towards a Mekong Delta Portal”: Nelen & Schuurmans, FutureWater, Deltaris, DHV, and InTech. In this pilot project an integrated information portal of the river basins in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta is developed, implemented…

Hydrological flow forecasting in Chile

In the frame of the ESA Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) programme (ARTES element 20), FutureWater participates in a project aiming at developing an operational hydrological flow forecasting system for two pilot catchments with hydropower facilities in Chile. In a consortium led by Starlab, FutureWater is responsible for the integration of remote sensing data and in…

FutureWater opens office in Spain

A new FutureWater office was opened in Spain in February 2012. It was launched together with several researchers from the Technical University of Cartagena. After several months of preparation, this FutureWater branch was set up very recently, with both Dutch and Spanish participation. The office will be in the city of Cartagena, in the Murcia…

Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme

Within the framework of the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP) coordinated by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), FutureWater has started an assessment of future water availability scenarios for the upstream Indus, Brahmaputra and Ganges basins. The HICAP programme focuses on seven components: 1. Climate change scenarios 2. Water availability and demand…

Green Water Credits Proof of Concepts workshop in Fèz, Morocco

During 12-16 December 2011, FutureWater was in Fèz for a workshop to finalize the Proof-of-Concepts phase of the Green Water Credits (GWC) project in the Sebou River basin, Morocco. Green Water Credits is a mechanism for payments to land users in return for specified soil and water management activities that determine the water supply to…

FutureWater moves to new address

Since 9 December 2011, the office of FutureWater has moved to a new location. Our new office has a larger meeting room and offers more work space. The address of our new location is: FutureWater Costerweg 1V 6702 AA Wageningen The Netherlands Tel: +31 (0)317 460050

FutureWater presents the DMIAT for Vietnam during the Water & Climate Services workshop

In November, NL EVD International commissioned a call to write a proposal for an ‘Early Deliverable’ to be presented in Vietnam. The call to write a proposal was send to the partners of the ‘Convenant Informatieketen voor Water en Klimaat’ (CIWK). FutureWater, among Neelen & Schuurmans and HKV, were selected to present an ‘Early Deliverable’…

Two workshops finalize Design Phase of Green Water Credits – Kenya

A pre-concluding workshop for Green Water Credits Kenya, Phase II, was held from 6-7 September 2011 in Nairobi, focused on decision makers. Peter Droogers of FutureWater assisted this meeting and presented the key findings and conclusions of the biophysicial and cost-benefit analysis. The meeting has been followed by a concluding workshop targeted at all the…

Final meeting of erosion and reservoir sedimentation study in Kenya

A meeting was organized to present the final report of the Physiographical Baseline Survey for the Upper Tana Catchment Area in Kenya, carried out by a team of nearly twenty local and international experts during one year. The event was organized in the Tana headquarters of the national water authority (WRMA), in Embu, the 9th…

FutureWater contributes to climate change experts’ panel

Walter Immerzeel from FutureWater joined a panel of some of the world’s leading climate and glacier scientists. The 24 researchers, including three Nobel Laureates, issued a report today “Fate of Mountain Glaciers in the Anthropocene” The authors of the report list numerous examples of glacial decline around the world and the evidence linking that decline…

Water and Adaptation Interventions in Central and West Asia

Under the leadership of the Finnish Consulting Group and in collaboration with the Finnish Meteorological Institute, FutureWater has recently started a new project on climate change adaptation in Central Asia. The project is financially support by the Asian Development Bank and will be executed during the next 1.5 years.  The project will be focused on…

Irrigation Potential study in Burundi, Eastern DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Southern Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda

The countries included in the Nile Equatorial Lake sub-basins face an ever increasing pressure on land and water resources, together with rapid population growth. As a result, food production is one of the main concerns and priorities of policymakers in the area. Irrigation and improved water resources management have the potential to boost agricultural productivity…

Green Water Credits workshop in Fez, Morocco

During 21-25 March, FutureWater was in Fez for a workshop of Green Water Credits (GWC) in the Sebou River basin, Morocco. Green Water Credits is a mechanism for payments to land users in return for specified soil and water management activities that determine the water supply to stakeholders in the basin. Green Water Credits can…

Initial steps towards Guidance on Climate and Water for OESD

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has published a Guidance on “Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Development Co-operation” in 2009. The OECD considers to extent this more generic guidance with another series of more specific ones, including water. FutureWater has supported the OECD in drafting the outline and pathway to develop this so…

Assessing current and future water stress in the Middle East and North Africa region

FutureWater started a regional assessment on water stress in the basins of the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries. This Regional Water Outlook should give insight in the water resources availability and water demand for each sector with and without accounting for possible climate change impacts. The study is funded by the World Bank….

Training on crop modeling in Albania

A two-day workshop will be organized this month in Tirana (Albania), oriented toward developing crop modeling expertise. The training will be institutionally focused at the Agricultural Technology Transfer Center of the Ministry of Agriculture, with participation of other institutional staff from across the country. FutureWater will lead the majority of the sessions. The capacity building…

Rowing team sponsored by FutureWater finishes a successful season

The rowing team Caramba from the Dutch rowing club R.S.V.U. Okeanos oriented in Amsterdam have been rowing very fast past season. Caramba became third of the Netherlands in the NOOC Chris Heuvelman competition for b4+ boats. The rowing team Caramba The Caramba rowers are Sabrina Chettouf, Laurien Verkleij, Maaike Droogers and Stephany van der Werf…

Experts agree to collaborate on Indus Basin Programme

FutureWater attended this month a workshop organized by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Kathmandu, Nepal. Walter Immerzeel presented outcomes of research conducted on the hydrology of the Indus Basin. The oral presentation contributed to the discussion on the sensitivity to climate and environmental changes of basin and the huge size of…

WaterMaps launched: explore model results on the web

FutureWater launched a web application that combines time-dependent output of water simulation models with the functionality of Google Maps. The interface has been developed to give anyone with access to internet the possibility to explore water-related model results on the web. WaterMaps is an undemanding visualization tool that makes it possible to set up with…

Publication in Science on Climate Change and Food Security

Mountains are the water towers of the world, and researchers say that climate change is poised to alter water availability and food security in the major river basins of Southeast Asia in very substantial but diverse ways. Knowing that more than 1.4 billion people depend on water from the Indus, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Yangtze, and Yellow…

Course on Public Domain Models for Water, Food and Climate Studies succesfully finished

FutureWater organized a course for water professionals giving an overview of the state of the art modeling techniques and hands-on training for specific public domain models. Participants were coming from both developed as developing countries, working in the public or private sector on water management and interested in the use of these tools decision making….

New tool to explore online spatial output of water simulation models

FutureWater launched a web application that combines the functionality of Google Maps and the time-dependent output of water simulation models. The web-interface is being developed to give anyone with access to internet the possibility to explore water-related model results on the web. Hardly any other undemanding visualization tools exist that show spatially distributed results of…

Correcting satellite precipitation estimates for the Mekong River Commission

The Mekong River Commission (MRC) uses satellite rainfall estimates (SRE) provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for their operational flood forecasts. The satellite rainfall estimates are based on a combination of passive microwave and thermal infra-red sensors from different satellites and are scaled using a limited number of observation from meteorological stations….

New project on erosion and reservoir sedimentation in Kenya

A new project within the Tana basin of Kenya has been rewarded to an international consortium that includes FutureWater. The project will carry out a baseline survey of the soil erosion and sediment transport upstream of the main reservoirs. This will be done to estimate the impact of sediment deposition on the reservoir capacities, relevant…

FutureWater Reports now available as paperback

Hardcopies of the FutureWater Reports that came out in 2008 and 2009 can now be ordered online on the Lulu publisher platform. The publications will be printed as paperback and sent to you. The price of the reports varies around 15 dollars, depending on the number of pages. FutureWater hopes that this option improves the…

FutureWater on the climate train to Copenhagen

Next Saturday, the national climate event “Beat The Heat Now” will take place in Utrecht, as a boot to the climate summit in Copenhagen. Climax of the event will be the departure of a special train from Utrecht station to the climate summit in Copenhagen with on board Minister Cramer, politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and journalists….

New climate change impact project in Kenya

FutureWater has recently been awarded a new project by the SANET foundation in Western Kenya aiming at assessing the effects of climate change on the rice production systems of the Bunyala plains on the shores of Lake Victoria. A first field visit was conducted in September and currently a water resource management tool is developed….

Identifying future Food and Water Research Themes

The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded several major research programs on Integrated Water Resources Management and Global Change. Currently, BMBF is in the process to identify promising future research themes by analyzing the international water research and policy landscape and by taking stock of recent achievements. FutureWater was asked to provide…

Green Water Credits workshop in Kenya successfully to an end

Last month a workshop took place on the analysis tools for pilot operation of Green Water Credits in Kenya. The event was the start of several other collaborative and training activities. FutureWater organized the workshop for the local authorities in the Tana basin. The principles of the financial mechanism were discussed and the quantitative tools…

Evaluating evapotranspiration standards in the Netherlands

FutureWater is evaluating the possibilities to regionalize the Penman-Monteith reference evapotranspiration in the Netherlands. The current standard in the Netherlands is Makkink. However, the international standard is Penman-Monteith. FutureWater studies which measured variables are required for the use of Penman-Monteith at Dutch weather-related organizations. Furthermore, FutureWater investigates the possible spatial interpolation methods. More details, including…

Relating environmental conditions and Q fever

A research project will be conducted by FutureWater together with the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) on the supposed relation between the human transmission of Q fever and the local environmental conditions. Infection with C. burnetii (Q fever) is likely to occur when a number of environmental conditions are met,…

Workshop in Kenya on tools for Green Water Credits

One main component of the Green Water Credits project is to evaluate the most appropriate and effective soil and water management options. Quantitative tools and methods are being developed by FutureWater and will be handed over to Kenyan counterparts. As a first start a training workshop will be organized the second week of September for…

Workshop: The Role of Earth Observation in Water Resource Management

FutureWater organized a workshop on “The Role of Earth Observation in Water Resource Management: Strengts of the Dutch water sector” at the Rotterdam Airport hotel on 20 May 2009 together with WaterWatch, TU Delft and NIVR. The workshop was organized in the framework of the ESAWAT project. In this informal workshop a select group of…

Developing a SWAP-GIS interface for the Flemish Environment Agency

FutureWater recently started to develop a SWAP-GIS interface for the Flemish Environment Agency. In this interesting project that is executed in collaboration with GIM tools are developed that enable the spatial set-up of the SWAP model for large areas. More details [in dutch] can be found here.

Further expansion of FutureWater team

Since January 2009 the FutureWater team is enforced by Dr. J.M. (Hanneke) Schuurmans. Hanneke recently received her PhD degree from Utrecht University and will focus on both Dutch and international projects.

Supporting the Nile Basin Initiative in several projects

Since the end of 2008 FutureWater has executed several project for the Nile Basin Initiative. A training program was organized dealing with remote sensing and modelling and the irrigation potential of several areas around Lake Victoria was assessed. More details can be found at: Irrigation Potential Lake Victoria, Tanzania Training on RS-GIS-Models

Drought assessment using new climate scenarios in the North of the Netherlands

In 2006 the Dutch meteorological service has updated the climate change scenarios for the Netherlands. FutureWater has made an update of a drought assessment in the area of waterboard “Hunze en Aa” using these scenarios. Major conclusion of the study is that the drought effects on agriculture are much more severe than for the old…

FutureWater participates in EU funded research in Tibet

FutureWater is a partner in an international cooperation project between Europe and Asia to improve knowledge on hydrology and meteorology of the Tibetan Plateau and its role in climate, monsoon and extreme meteorological events.The effort of this project builds upon 10 years of experimental and modeling research and the consortium includes 17 partners from 8…

Water resource management and remote sensing

FutureWater has started a project to assess requirements for ESA satellite missions for water resource management. The project aims at integrating several remote sensing products (GRACE, SEBAL, TRMM) with a hydrological simulation model in a pilot basin in Spain. More details can be found here.

NWO-Casimir grant for Monsoon research

Dr. Walter Immerzeel of FutureWater has been awarded a CASIMIR grant by the Dutch science foundation. In close collaboration with Utrecht University he will investigate the monsoon dynamics in the Himalayas and develop a flood forecasting system.

Using rain radar for water management

FutureWater has evaluated the usability of rainradar for waterboard Rivierenland More details can be found here.(in dutch)

FutureWater maps water excess problems related to climate change

FutureWater supports the VU university and Delft Hydraulics in mapping problems related to water excess and climate change for the entire Netherlands using an innovative methodology. More details can be found here (in dutch).

Further extension China activities

FutureWater has acquired a new project focusing on the development of a groundwater management package in China. More details can be found at the GMEP website.

FutureWater inventories knowledge projects on adaptation and climate change

FutureWater has made an inventory of all knowledge project in the Netherlands dealing with adaptation to climate chnage and spatiall planning. The results of this inventory can be found at the website

Climate change in the Himalayas

FutureWater has recently finalized a study on the effect of climate change in the Brahmaputra basin in the Himalayas. The results are summarized in a recent edition of the mountain forum bulletin.

Margje Soet joins FutureWater to support China activities

Since April 1 Margje Soet has joined FutureWater. She is based in Beijing and will support all FutureWater activities in China.

FutureWater introduces innovative model calibration

During 2006 and part of 2007 FutureWater has worked together with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI)on a joint project in India. The project was financially supported by the Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programmes (NIVR) in the framework of their User Support programme. The project introduced an innovative methodology of integrating remotely sensed evapotranspiration data…

Green Water Credits

FutureWater is involved in the introduction of a new innovative concept in water management; Green Water Credits (GWC). GWC is a mechanism for transfer of cash to rural people in return for water management activities that determine the supply of all fresh water at source – these activities are presently unrecognised and un-rewarded. Direct payment…

WatManSup: Integrated Water Management Support Methodologies

The coming year FutureWater will be working on a new Partners for Water project. Together with our research partners in this project, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free University Amsterdam (IVM) and the Waterboard Hunze en Aa's, we will assist organisations in Kenya and Turkey in a paradigm-shift towards a pro-active water management….

The water cycle in the Krishna basin (India)

FutureWater has recently been granted a subsidy from the Netherlands Agency for Aerospace Programmes (NIVR) for a research project in the Krishna basin in India. Together with the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) FutureWater has embarked on an endeavor to systematically link simulation models and Remote Sensing derived information to successfully support water resources planning…

Collaboration between FutureWater and Tterra (Portugal)

Tterra e FutureWater trabalham em parceria, reunindo o conhecimento local com os métodos mais modernos de avaliação de disponibilidade de água. A parceria Tterra-FutureWater tem como interlocutor uma engenheira da FutureWater que trabalha em estreita ligação com a Tterra, em Portugal. Para actividades a concretizar em Portugal, técnicos especialistas da FutureWater permanecerão por um período…

Hydrological assessment of Rio Bravo

FutureWater has provided an assessment of the hydrological characteristics of the Rio Bravo in Mexico for the World Bank. The basin drains an area of over 600000 km2 about 50% of which lies in Mexico. The basin suffers heavily from overexploited aquifers and surface waters due to intensive irrigation and a rapidly growing (urban) population….

Positive and negative effects of drainage in Fryslân

Client: Waterboard Fryslân Developments in agriculture and climate change will influence the amount and intensity of drainage in the Province of Fryslân in the Netherlands. The impact on (peak) discharges is yet unknown. FutureWater investigated the impact of changes in drainage on discharges with the FutureView methodology. The impact is of changes in drainage on…

FutureWater contributes to profession development workshop in Uganda

SEI (Stockholm Environment Institute) and ASARECA (Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa) organized a Joint Learning Platform and Profession Development Workshop in Entebbe, Uganda. The theme of the workshop was on the “Green Water Paradigm”. Peter Droogers from FutureWater contributed to this workshop by providing specific training on tools, such as…

Ronald Loeve visits High Level Dialogue in China

Ronald Loeve visits High Level Dialogue on the Project Results of “Increasing Water Productivity in Rice-bases Cropping Systems” in Zhengzhou, China. Government officials from Henan and Hubei Province and from the Central Government in Beijing visited the dialogue to exchange ideas and learn from the project results. Before the High Level Dialogue a modeling and…

Exploring evaporation reduction options in the Hai Basin; Analysis using the SWAT model

FutureWater has built a SWAT model for the Hai basin in China. The Bohai Sea, located in the northwest corner of the Yellow Sea, is one of the worldís most ecologically important and stressed bodies of water. The Bohai Sea suffers ecologically from over-fishing, pollution, and reduced inflow of freshwater from upstream basins. The Hai…

The Water Tower Function of the Tibetan Autonomous Region

Together with several project partners FutureWater has been actively involved in a project in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, which is funded by the Ecoregional Fund. A combination of Remote Sensing and hydrological modeling is applied to assess the Tibet’s richly endowed water resources. Emphasis was put on the effectiveness of these tools at different scales…

FutureWater has moved from Arnhem to our new office in Wageningen

In this way FutureWater is located in the heart of “Wageningen knowledge center” with institutes as Wageningen University and several (applied) Research Centers. Our new address is: FutureWater Generaal Foulkesweg 28 6703 BS Wageningen tel: 0317 460050 fax: 0317 423716 email: info@futurewater.nl web: https://www.futurewater.nl You can find a detailed description here

Opportunities to retain and store water in Flevoland

FutureView methode applied With our FutureView method the opportunities to retain and store water were quantified in the Province of Flevoland, The Netherlands. Especially in the Noordoostpolder and Eastern Flevoland excess water can be retained and stored in the soil. The suitability maps can be the basis in the decision making process to pinpoint locations…

Project on Adaptation to Climate Change in The Gambia

FutureWater finalized a project Adaptation to Climate Change in The Gambia. The objectives of this project were to build and strengthen the institutional capacity, to develop and implement analytical tools for estimating and comparing the costs and benefits of adaptation projects in key natural resource sectors. To achieve these objectives the framework was built together…

The (un)certainty of Climate Change

The Dutch National Administrative Agreement on Water (Nationaal Bestuursakkoord Water) uses projected precipitation changes derived from a climate change scenario with a global temperature rise of 1ºC in 2050 and 2ºC at the end of the 21e century. FutureWater and KNMI compared precipitation projections based on large scale, General Circulation Models (GCM) with the projection…

Correction of laser altimetry DEM data (AHN) The Netherlands

Knowledge on the exact elevation is crucial in many strategic and research studies on water management and water policy. In the Netherlands the available DEM is very accurate, but especially when trying to determine the lowest elevation in certain areas problems arise. In many places the lowest elevations in the DEM are actually located within…

Publication list online

As part of our download section FutureWater now has an online publication list as a extra service to our website visitors. The publication list contains a large selection of (scientific) publications with links and oppertunities to download abstracts or gives even full-text access to papers. For more information about our publications, please visit our download…

New FutureWater product launched: FutureView

In May FUTUREVIEW, the newest product of FutureWater was launched and marketed on the Dutch water market. FUTUREVIEW is a method for regional spatial distributed analysis of the possibilities to retain and store current and future precipitation surplusses in the soil and surface water. FUTUREVIEW is unique since is focusses on soil water and the…

Course Climate Change and Water Management a succes

On 3 and 4 February the course climate change and water management was given at the KNMI in de Bilt, The Netherlands. The course, in colloboration with Royal Dutch Meteorologic Institute (KNMI) and the Institute for Environmental Studies(IVM) successfully bridged the gap between the most recent state of the art knowledge on climate and climate…

Analysis of Effects of Adjustable Weirs: Opportunities to Retain and Store Water

With this pilot project Waterboard Zuiderzeeland implements the principles of the Dutch policy “WB21” (Water Policy 21st Century): first retain, second store, and finally discharge of water. The project concluded that adjustable weirs can reduce and delay peak discharges without agicultural crop growth reduction due to increased soil moisture content upstream of the weirs; adjustable…