iWaGSS South Africa
DIE GEWÄSSER-EXPERTEN! contribute to combating rising global water stress and participate in the sustainable management of water resources.
Within the framework of the BMBF project „GROW“ (Globale Ressource Wasser) the GEWÄSSER-EXPERTEN are cooperating with German and South African project partners in the joint project „iWaGSS“ (funding code: 02WGR1424H).
This research project aims the development of an innovative water governance system (iWaGSS). Based on modern technologies and tools this system will alleviate water stress and lead to a sustainable management of water resources.
Within the project, the GEWÄSSER-EXPERTEN take on work package 8 – remote sensing.
Work package 8 covers the following tasks:
- Development and programming of a userfriendly and practical drone system which includes several sensors and sampling systems to ensure a broad environmental monitoring.
- Development of a comprehensive multiparameter sampling system which allows a combination of water and aerial sampling, measurements in and along water bodies as well as IR and visible light recordings.
- Performance of test flights with recordings of the relevant parameters at different water bodies in Germany (calibration).
- Hands-on training in South Africa of the local project partners.
The Phalaborwa region, the surrounding area and the Olifant River have been selected as a pilot region because it is one of the most demanding water management regions in South Africa. Under the given local conditions, the innovative drone system is used and tested to ensure a monitoring of water resources.
- IEEM gGmbH, Institute of Environmental Engineering and Management at the Witten/Herdecke University
- Environmental Engineering and Ecology, Ruhr-University Bochum
- Institute for Water and River Basin Management (IWG), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
- Center for Development Research (ZEF), University Bonn
- Disy Informationsysteme GmbH, Karlsruhe
- LAR Process Analysers AG, Berlin
- Global Water Franchise Agency (GWFA), Berlin
- DIE GEWÄSSER-EXPERTEN!, Lohmar
South African partners:
- Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Pretoria
- South African National Parks (SANParks), Kruger National Park/Skukuza
- Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria
- Lepelle Northern Water (LNW), Polokwane
The official project start was the first of May 2017, the project duration will be 3 years.