News in 2010

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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