Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Africa is “ground zero” for vulnerability to climate variability and change because of its overall low level of adaptive capacity. Any increases in frequency and severity of climate related events such as floods, drought, heat waves, etc. would only increase the risk of disasters. However, climate relevant information in Africa is, in general, very scattered and with low resolution, and characterized by significant uncertainties. Further, the capacity of relevant stakeholders to collect, process and deliver appropriate climate related information is, overall, limited.
To help address this situ... Read More
Monday, April 10, 2017
A seminar on Rainwater Harvesting Techniques: A Tool to Deal with Water Scarcity, was held at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) building, 9-10 March 2017, Santiago Chile. It was organized by UNESCO-IHP’s Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI) and the UNESCO-affiliated center CAZALAC (La Serena, Chile), and was hosted by FAO.
Photo credit: Mike Edmunds
The meeting covered both local-scale “Water Harvesting” and more regional-scale “Managed Aquifer Recharge” for water-scarce regions. These represent two ends of a spectrum, in terms of spatial sca... Read More
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
In the wake of heavy flooding in Southern Thailand in early January, water scientists and policy-makers from ASEAN member states gathered in Bangkok to promote capacity building in using satellite-based rainfall estimation products to plan for and manage water-related natural disasters as well as to strengthen research collaboration through the ASEAN academic network.
PERSIANN-CCS rain totals 1-10 Jan 2017. Photo credit: Phu Nguyen, UC-Irvine.
The third ASEAN technical workshop on “CHRS [Centre for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing] Remote Sensing Precipitation and Bias Adjustment of PE... Read More
Sunday, January 15, 2017
UNESCO G-WADI partners Princeton University (USA) and Southampton University (UK) led a workshop on Drought Monitoring for Southern African Countries on November 9-11, 2016. The technology exchange was aimed at helping countries to strengthen their capacity in water-related disaster risk reduction.
The three-day training workshop for Southern African Countries, primarily focused on the African Flood and Drought Monitor (AFDM) was held in Harare, Zimbabwe. In addition to G-WADI, the event was co-organized by WaterNet and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). About 35 water prof... Read More
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The University of California, Irvine's Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing, which has a long collaborative relationship with G-WADI, has released a new mobile app “iRain”, combining real-time rainfall information, citizen science and social media. A full write-up of the event is at https://en.unesco.org/news/irain-new-mobile-app-promote-citizen-science-and-support-water-management.