Postgraduate training course in DaNang 

Monitoring, Information and Modelling for River Basin Management

14-17 October 2014, DaNang, Vietnam

Climatic, demographic and economic changes are increasing the challenges for sustainable water resources management. South East Asia belongs to the most affected regions by hydrological risks which are expected to increase as confirmed by recent reports of IPCC (2014) and IPCC-SREX (2012). Future water professionals need to understand the fundamentals of water related information to contribute to a sustainable decision making process. Education and training at all levels play an important role.

Hence the postgraduate training course aimed at providing an insight in key aspects of an integrated river basin management: monitoring, data management and hydrological modelling to water related professionals and scientists.

The training was organized by ITT in cooperation with the Vietnam Academy for Water Resources and brought together 27 experts and decision makers from the Mekong Delta, Central Vietnam and Hanoi  working in water related  public institutions belonging to the environmental and agricultural water planning sector (MARD, WRMI, RCHM, DARD, DONRE).

Looking at the VuGiaThuBon river basin case study, the whole process from data collection and hydro-meteorological monitoring to decision making as well as the value of well-presented water related information was explained. Furthermore the course introduced to tools, methods and strategies for

  • discharge, climate and water quality monitoring
  • different hydrological modelling approaches and
  • data and information management.

Next to input lectures, exercises with various hydrological modelsand the River Basin Information system (RBIS) of the Department of Geoinformatics at the University of Jena were carried outin small working groups. A field trip to  differing stretches of the VuGiaThuBon river, Than My discharge station and TuCao pumping station was organized in order to demonstrate the practical application of climate, discharge, water quality and water level measurement methods.

Eight lecturers from ITT, the Department of Geoinformatics of the University of Jena and the Vietnam Academy of Water Resources taught in the course. The training was supported by funds and content of the projects CNRD, CapWater and LUCCi.

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