Operation management of water resources
Sustainable development and management of water resources in the river basins of the world is essential to healthy ecosystems and contributes to socio-economic development, risk mitigation and poverty reduction. The Sustainable Development Goals, in particular goal 6, underline the importance of dealing with the increasing pressures on water resources. This calls for a concerted effort to improve water security; providing safe access to water for food production, sanitation and health; at an acceptable level of risk in the face of natural hazards such as drought and floods
Managing hydrological extremes: Droughts and Floods
The intensification of the world’s climate is leading to increased occurrence of droughts and floods. As a consequence of global socio-economic changes, the impact of these extreme events on society are increasing. Equally there are feedbacks between society and the occurrence of impacting events. Our research explores how these events can be characterised using appropriate indicators, and such events can be forecasted. Key research questions we address include how data and information can be used to inform decisions and the implementation of measures that can help mitigate impacts, and the role of uncertainty and communication.
Trambauer P. Werner M. Winsemius HC. Maskey S. Dutra E. Uhlenbrook S. 2015. Hydrological drought forecasting and skill assessment for the Limpopo River basin, southern Africa. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 1695-1711.
Lines C. Werner M. Bastiaanssen W. 2017. The Predictability of Reported Drought Events and Impacts in the Ebro Basin Using Six Different Remote Sensing Data Sets. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 21 (9): 4747–65.
Casson, D. R., Werner, M., Weerts, A., and Solomatine, D.: Global re-analysis datasets to improve hydrological assessment and snow water equivalent estimation in a sub-Arctic watershed, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 4685-4697, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-4685-2018, 2018.
Grundemann, G. J., Werner, M., and Veldkamp, T. I. E.: The potential of global reanalysis datasets in identifying flood events in Southern Africa, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 4667-4683, https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-22-4667-2018, 2018.