Alexander Kaune

PhD fellow

Biography

Alexander is an experienced Hydraulic Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in scientific research projects and the water resources engineering industry. He is skilled in data analysis and visualization, data valuation methods, risk assessment, hydro-economic modelling, irrigation and hydraulic design, operation and management:

  • Development and application of a hydro-economic framework to value hydro-meteorological data and information for decision making.
  • Development and application of a tool to assess the available hydrological information for adequate planning and operation in large irrigated areas.
  • Scientific papers in top ranked journals in water resources, and agricultural water management.
  • Deliverables (reports) and collaboration in a major EU research project (EartH2Observe).
  • Maintenance and operation of a large irrigated area (25,000 hectares, Arenal-Tempisque Irrigation District, DRAT, Costa Rica).
  • Design, budgeting and installation of water supply systems in construction and irrigation projects.

Topic

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

Research Summary

The last four years I have been working in the EartH2Observe project as a PhD researcher enrolled in the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and Wageningen University. I developed and applied a hydro-economic framework to value hydro-meteorological data and information for decision making, especially focused to improve planning and operation in the agricultural sector. I used remote sensing, in-situ and modelled datasets to determine the surface water availability and demand, and evaluated the benefit of using these datasets to support water allocation decisions. In addition, I assessed the gap in data and information in fulfilling the requirements of national environmental policies and regulations. My case studies included river basins and irrigated areas in Australia, Colombia and Costa Rica.

Publications

Kaune A., Werner M., Lopez-Lopez P., Rodriguez E., Karimi P., de Fraiture C., 2018. Can global precipitation datasets in hydrological modelling reduce the risk of choosing sub-optimal irrigation area sizes? (In review).

Kaune A., Lopez-Lopez P., Gevaert A., Veldkamp T., Werner M., de Fraiture C., 2018. The benefit of using an ensemble of global hydrological models in surface water availability for irrigation area planning. Water Resources Management (In review).

Rodriguez E., Sanchez I., Duque N., Arboleda P., Vega C., Zamora D., Lopez P., Kaune A., Werner M., Garcia C., Burke S., 2018. Combined use of local and global hydrometeorological data with hydrological models for water resources management in the Magdalena-Cauca macrobasin-Colombia. Water Resources Management (In review).

Werner M., Jindrova M., Kossida M., Fareh A., Sperna-Weiland F., Kaune A., Quintana-Segui P., Lines C., Stewart L., Groom S., Rodriguez-Sandoval E., 2018. Can global water resources reanalysis datasets fulfil their potential in supporting policy implementation? Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 20, EGU2018-17094, 2018, EGU General Assembly 2018, Vienna.

Kaune A., Lopez-Lopez P., Werner M., Karimi P., de Fraiture C., 2017.The benefit of using additional hydrological information from earth observations and reanalysis data on water allocation decisions in irrigation districts. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 17, EGU2017-9328, 2017, EGU General Assembly 2017, Vienna.

Kaune, A., Werner, M., Rodriguez, E., Karimi P., de Fraiture C., 2017. A novel tool to assess available hydrological information and the occurrence of sub-optimal water allocation decisions in large irrigation districts. Agric. Water Manag. 191, 229-238. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agwat.2017.06.013.

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. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 17, EGU2015-11336, 2015, EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna.

Kaune A., Werner M., Rodriguez E., de Fraiture C., 2015. Constraining uncertainties in water supply reliability in a tropical data scarce basin. Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 17, EGU2015-11871, 2015, EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna.

Kaune et al. 2015. Gap analysis of input data requirements in support of decision making of water allocation in (trans-boundary) basins. EartH2Observe public deliverables. Read more here.

Kaune et al. 2014. Review of stakeholders, relevant policies in non-European case study river basins. EartH2Observe public deliverables. Read more here.

Other information

  • International multi-disciplinary professional cooperation linked to the EartH2Observe project.
  • Dissemination and presentation of research work in workshops, conferences and lectures (EGU General Assembly, Austria; UNAL, Colombia; UN, Costa Rica).
  • Lecturer in MSc course: “Design Aspects of Irrigation and Drainage Systems” (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education).
  • Supervision of MSc thesis (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education).
  • Vice chair of the PhD fellow’s association board 2015-2017 (IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands).
  • Selected for the world talent event UNLEASH 2017, Denmark: A global innovation lab to create solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to create a better world by 2030.

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