December 1st, 2017

Managing water resources: A consortium including Lahmeyer develops new forecast methods

Lahmeyer’s experts are researching forecasting methods for seasonal water availability

Together with scientists of different universities, Lahmeyer’s experts are researching forecasting methods for seasonal water availability

Looking into the future, how much water will regions of the world have available? To reliably predict this for a timeframe of a few weeks, or even up to several months, is a major challenge for scientists and water resource management authorities. On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, a consortium therefore undertakes a study to analyse methods for forecasting seasonal water availability. The project is planned to run until 2020. In addition to Lahmeyer, the consortium consists of seven universities and research institutes as well as several regional decision makers. All members of the consortium work jointly on the “Seasonal Water Resources Management – Regionalized Global Data and Transfer to Practise (SaWaM)” project.

Of course, usable projections require reliable measured data. However, the number of monitoring stations continues to decline, and that is why globally available remote sensing and model-based data is increasingly being used for the optimisation of water resource management.

New methods and tools for water resource management

Within this study, the consortium will develop new methods and tools for water resource management in semi-arid regions. In order to assess the capability of these methods and tools, research is carried out for selected regions in Sudan, Iran, Brazil, Ecuador/Peru and West Africa. In doing so, the focus lies on forecasting the seasonal water availability and examining if the methods and products which have been developed can be put into practise. For this goal, Lahmeyer cooperates with scientists of different disciplines such as climate, hydrological, sediment and ecosystem sciences. As a part of this project, the researchers will develop an online prototype that evaluates and visualises the results.

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