Webinar Track 8, Topic 2: Data and Tools for Water Applications

Moderator: Judith Kaspersma (Deltares); Panel: Deborah Chapman (head of the UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre), Hans van der Kwast (IHE Delft)

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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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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 was more on data the perspective of data users and their applications, while the 1st webinar focused more on the perspective of data providers. Outputs from the first webinar and the discussions on the platform were further discussed in this webinar. The aim of the session was to improve communication between data providers and users.   Our panelists and keynote speakers Deborah Chapman (head of the UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre) and Hans van der Kwast (IHE Delft) will bring in all their experience and will provide examples about ongoing projects in order to support water-related capacity development. The webinar is moderated by Judith Kaspersma (Deltares). The discussion aimed at a better understanding of
  • the needs of users in the water sector for hydrological observations (quantity and quality);
  • the challenges that users face in finding data that is suitable for their applications;
  • the capacity development needs on for example 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 from the perspective of water sector organisations, policy makers and academia.