Delft, The Netherlands, 06 Apr 2021

Pathways towards democratization of hydro-environment observations & data

Preventing direct and indirect impacts associated with water excess or water scarcity events requires expert judgement based on reliable information. Therefore, observations and measurements are fundamental prerequisites for making scientific progress. IHE Delft's Daniel Valero Huerta and Mario Franca contributed to the new IAHR White Paper entitled: Pathways towards democratization of hydro-environment observations and data.

An opportunity for data democratization

Mario Franca and Daniel Valero from IHE Delft, jointly with Isabella Schalko (ETH Zurich/MIT) and Heide Friedrich (University of Auckland), coordinated a wide discussion on water observations and data, with a focus on the role of disruptive technologies on achieving a broader access to information.

The resulting community vision is summarised in the new IAHR White Paper entitled: Pathways towards democratization of hydro-environment observations and data.

"In this community paper, we discuss technical aspects and the implications of new forms of measuring and observing hydro-environment data. We have at the moment unprecedented sources of data, and at the same time we are invited to open science and make it more accessible. Let us not forget however, the need to have theoretically sound professionals. They are essential to analyse, interpret and use these data to take informed decisions", says Mario Franca.

Daniel Valero stresses the importance of measuring: "How we measure is undergoing a deep transformation. Full of opportunities and disruptions but, if we are attentive, also allowing more people to access data and information. This is the purpose of this collaborative IAHR White Paper".

More information can be found in the IAHR press release and news item.

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