Alex Kaune

PhD fellow

Biography

Alexander has extensive professional experience and knowledge in hydraulic engineering, hydrology and water management, both in research and commercial projects. He started his career in 2008 as a Project Engineer in the commercial water sector in Costa Rica, designing and implementing pressurized water supply systems for irrigation and urban areas. Afterwards, he worked in a large scale irrigation district, developing hydraulic canal and structure designs and hydrological studies for establishing water availability and irrigation demand to support water allocation decisions.

In 2013, Mr. Kaune obtained his MSc degree in Hydraulic Engineering in Land and Water Development from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands. He gained additional skills in hydrological modelling, risk assessment and irrigation technologies. Currently, his PhD research is focused on valuing additional hydrological information from ground measurements, hydrological models and remote sensing to support water allocation decisions in irrigated agriculture. His case studies include irrigation districts in Costa Rica, Colombia and Australia.          

Topic

Value of comprehensive datasets and information in constraining uncertainties in support of decision making

Publications

Kaune A., Werner M., Rodriguez E., de Fraiture, C., 2016. Hydrological information availability index for water allocation decisions in irrigation districts. Presented in the World Irrigation Forum (WIF2), Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Kaune A., Werner M., Karimi P., de Fraiture, C., 2015. An economic framework for valuing information in water scarce irrigation districts. Presented in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.

Kaune A., Werner M., Rodriguez E., de Fraiture, C., 2015. Constraining uncertainties in water supply reliability in a tropical data scarce basin. Presented in the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria.

Other information

I am currently working as a PhD research fellow in the Department of Water Science and Engineering at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Wageningen University. The main objective of my PhD research is to assess the value of hydrological information in support of water allocation decisions in irrigated agriculture. Water allocation decisions and the impact on agricultural production are being evaluated in large irrigation districts with current and additional hydrological information from ground data, hydrological models, reanalysis datasets and remote sensing. This research is funded by a collaborative project under the DG Research FP7 programme called EartH2Observe (http://earth2observe.eu/).