River Basin Development

The River Basin Development chair group investigates processes in the natural and built environment, which are determinant for the design and planning of sustainable water infrastructures prepared for global change.

Our research focuses on the balance of key elements of a river basin such as water and sediment, which implies the interaction of these with climate, geomorphology, the biosphere and human made constructions. The equilibrium (or availability); the excess and the scarcity of these natural elements are decisive for the safety of society, access to food, energy production and the environment. The River Basin Development chair group investigates processes in the natural and built environment which are determinant for the design and planning of sustainable water infrastructures prepared for global change.

The four main lines of research of the chair group are:

Water availability, excess and scarcity

Natural environment

Sustainable water infrastructures

Mapping and remote sensing

MSc programme

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News

Sustainable water storage to meet water, food and energy development goals - Africa 2019
From 2 to 4 April, IHE Delft was present at AFRICA 2019 - Hydropower and Dams Conference. IHE Delft organised and hosted a session on “Sustainable water storage to meet water, food and energy development goals”. The session was chaired by Miroslav Marence and Luca Ferrini (GIZ Niger). The conference session was promoted within the framework of a thematic research programme on Sustainable Hydropower and Multipurpose Storage to meet Water, Food, and Energy Development Goals: A Program for Collaborative Research and Innovation, supported by the Programmatic Cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IHE Delft in the period 2016 – 2020. Read more about the outcomes here.
 

Drones in Hydraulic Engineering and Hydro-Environmental Studies
IHE Delft has a more than 5 year experience in the use of drones for various applications in the hydro-environmental application and IAHR is the leading professional association in this sector. This Special Issue of the IAHR magazine Hydrolink showcases the application of drones in a variety of case studies. Linked to this is the imminent creation of a Working Group on the use of drones in hydro-environment research, under the auspices of IAHR and IHE. If you are interested in knowing more or in taking part in the WG, please contact Dr Paolo Paron at p.paron@un-ihe.org
 

Africa 2019: Session on Sustainable water storage to meet water, food and energy development goals
The International Conference “Africa 2019 – Water Storage and Hydropower Development for Africa”, will be held in Windhoek, Namibia, April 2nd to 4th 2019. A special session on sustainable water storage to meet water, food and energy development goals will be organised and managed under the auspices of IHE Delft and S-MutiStore project on the conference. Read more here.
 

HydroPC: Operational hydrological forecasting using publicly available data and free cloud-based technologies (Mozambique)
This new project will provide practical, sustainable, and state-of-the-art technologies for hydrological forecasting and mapping based on free global data sources, free cloud computing, and open-source software. It will also produce and disseminate timely and reliable information on oncoming hydrological threats such as floods and droughts. Together with the Unidade de Controle de Cheias e Secas (UCCS), the team will develop a flexible data management environment that combines global data sets with official national hydrological data and publishes processed data online.

The team says: “It appeared that the official hydrological data available to the UCCS are highly variable in spatial and historical coverage, still require proper validation, and that key processing and forecasting tools were outdated or unsustainable because of high licensing costs. Also, the hydrological products provided by the UCCS could still be improved to better serve the needs of various stakeholders groups, which range from disaster management organizations, water suppliers, and the agricultural sector. Together, we realized that global data sets and open source software were needed to improve services.”

Read more here.

    Short courses

    The River Basin Development chair group offers the following short courses to water professionals, engineers and managers to deepen their knowledge in crucial water related issues, such as:

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