News in 2013

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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