Supporting water managers making effective decisions by using HydroNET

Supporting water managers making effective decisions by using HydroNET
Reichard, L.*; Lobbrecht, A.*; Clark, S.^; Catalano, C.^; Tate, B.^; Cox, D.^.
Hydrology & Water Resources Symposium, 2014, status accepted.
*HydroLogic, P.O. Box 2177, 3800 CD Amersfoort, the Netherlands

^Water Technology, 93 Boundary St, West End 4101 Queensland, Australia

Abstract: Floods caused by excessive rainfall are creating hazardous conditions in many countries around the world. Such hazards are occurring more frequently, and range from local, water-induced damage to flood-generated devastation of whole communities. HydroNET is an open platform where more than 20 universities, knowledge institutes and consultant companies from the water and earth-observation sectors work together. Their goal is to support professionals in the water sector to manage their water systems knowing that the climate is changing and to improve the resilience of the systems in all weather conditions. HydroNET connects the user to all available data sources in real-time (databases, satellites, radars), combines the data and displays them on personal, user-friendly dashboards. The more than 80 HydroNET water applications (waterapps) which have been developed by many partners from different countries enhance insight and understanding of their systems and enable water managers to make effective decisions. In 2010 HydroNET won the innovation grant from the Dutch Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure for its openness and new way of cooperation via the waterapp store. This paper presents details on the HydroNET portal and experiences with the implementation of water, food and climate related applications in the Netherlands.

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About The Author

Warwick Bishop
Warwick is a Director of Water Technology and has over 20 years of experience in surface water management. He has led a wide variety of projects covering areas such as flood risk management, water quality, sediment transport, coastal hazard, WSUD and environmental flows. Warwick has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Engineering Science Degree from Monash University, investigating the detailed hydraulics of stormwater treatment wetlands. Warwick has experience throughout Australia in both rural and urban contexts. Since 2011 he has provided specialist input to the Flood Intelligence Unit of SES during both catchment and coastal flood emergencies. He is actively involved in Engineers Australia and is the current chair of the Victorian Water Engineering Branch Committee. Warwick has also contributed to the revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, with a particular focus on the application of flood models in urban areas.

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