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Webinar Track 8, Topic 1: How to improve data re-use: from data acquisition to capacity development

Moderator: Stephan Dietrich (Deputy Director, ICWGC) Panel: Deborah Chapman (head of the UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre), Gilberto Camaro (GEO secretariat director)

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Hans van der Kwast

Senior Lecturer, IHE Delft

I'm a physical geographer, specialised in GIS and Remote Sensing for water applications. In my teaching and capacity-development projects I actively promote the use of open source tools and open data by young professionals from the water sector in the Global South. For this purpose I have developed free and commercial educational products and am coordinating eLearning with partners of IHE Delft. In this symposium I'm the lead of Track 8.
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Hans van der Kwast 9 months ago

Driven by the SDG process, the need and value of hydrological data for regional to global assessments and informed-decision making has been increasingly brought into perception. However, especially regarding in-situ freshwater observations in many areas there is still a need to close crucial gaps. In addition, there is an increasing demand for the exchange and reuse of existing data. While Track 8 will foster the discussion the needs of both, data providers and data user, this webinar is more on data provider side, while the 2nd webinar focuses more on the data users perspective.

We discussed about the recent status regarding water-related data collections and gaps that hinders the creation of data products and information. We used the session to improve communication between data providers and users (from scientific observation networks as well as from operational ones) and key stakeholders from science, funding agencies and banks, as well as decision makers. Our panelists and keynote speakers Deborah Chapman (head of the UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre) and Gilberto Camara (GEO secretariat director) brought in all their experience and provided examples about ongoing projects in order to support water-related capacity development. The webinar was moderated by Stephan Dietrich (Deputy Director, ICWGC). The discussion aimed to better understand

  • the needs of capabilities for collection, harmonization and validation of hydrological observations (quantity and quality) for in-situ and space-born observations;
  • required changes in higher education and the importance of infrastructures and programming skills to handle and analyze the growing amount of data;
  • the gaps in the implementation of open data policies and their compatibility to provide new services and data products for a wide range of users including scientists and decision-makers in order to contribute to capacity development.