Regional Research Network “Water in Central Asia” (CAWa)
Central Asia faces big water-related challenges, among them water scarcity, degrading water quality and inefficient water use. Climate change may even aggravate the situation. These challenges can be met only in a joint effort of all Central Asian states. The CAWa project intends to contribute to a sound scientific and a reliable regional data basis for the development of sustainable water management strategies in Central Asia.
Training Course "Technical Equipment for River Runoff Monitoring: Sensors, handling and applications"
From April 22nd to 26rd, 2013, a training course with focus on Technical Equipment for River Runoff Monitoring will be hold at GFZ in Potsdam. The CAWa project invits specialists of the Central Asian hydrometeorological services, research institutions and water management organisations to participate in the course. This course will be organized in cooperation with the Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences CAIAG.
Technical Training "Installation, Operation and Maintenance of CAWa HyMet Hydrometeorological Monitoring Stations"
From 15th to 19th April 2013 the techncal training "Installation, Operation and Maintenance of CAWa HyMet Hydrometeorological Monitoring Stations" will take place in Potsdam. The CAWA project invits engineers and technical staff of organization intending to build up and run hydrometerological monitoring stations in their countries.
With the installation of the first CAWa monitoring station in Uzbekistan, the regional hydrometeorological monitoring network covers now three Central Asian states. The 7th station of the network was installed in early November 2012 jointly with the Ulugh Beg Astronomical Institute (UBAI) of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences on the territory of the Maidanak high-mountain Observatory.
From December 10th to 14th, 2012, a training course with focus on GIS techniques for natural resource management was hold at GFZ in Potsdam. The CAWa project invits specialists of the Central Asian hydrometeorological services, research institutions and water management organisations to participate in the course. This course was organized in cooperation with the Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences CAIAG.
Two permanent hydrometeorological monitoring stations have been installed in Tajikistan in the end of May / early June, 2012. The stations Dupuli and Ayvadzh are located in the western and southern most reaches of Tajikstan, near the borders to Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan, respectively. A team of scientists and technicians from Tajik Hydromet, CAIAG, and GFZ installed the stations and put them into operation.
Within the CAWa project, the team of the Land Surface Dynamics working group at the German Aerospace Center DLR/DFD has elaborated a set of new remote-sensing based, multi-temporal land cover products for the region of Central Asia. The products include (1) a land cover classification for the years 2001 and 2009, (2) water bodies for the period 2000-2010, (3) net primary productivity for Kazakhstan for the period 2003-2011, (3) daily snow cover for the period 2000-2011, and (4) a soil moisture product. The new data sets are the basis for current and future research activities focusing on change detection and the effects of atmospheric and terrestrial processes on land cover.
In a three week expedition in August 2012, a multi-national team of researchers from Kyrgyzstan, Germany, Switzerland and Austria measured the 2011/2012 ablation and accumulation on four glaciers in the Tien Shan and Alai mountains, among them the Golubin and the Abramov glaciers. The data will be used to compute the 2011/2012 mass balances of the glaciers.
From July 16th to 20th, 2012, a training course with focus on Remote Sensing for Hydrometeorological Monitoring was hold at GFZ in Potsdam. The CAWa project invited 17 specialists of the Central Asian hydrometeorological services, research institutions and water management organisations to participate in the course. This course was organized in cooperation with University of Würzburg Faculty of Geography and Geology Department of Remote Sensing.
After four successful years of the Central Asia Water Initiative (the Berlin Process), German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle invited government representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan to the two-day conference „Blue diplomacy in Central Asia”, taking place in Berlin, 7-8 March 2012. The participants took stock of the activities undertaken during Phase I of the Berlin Process and outlined the activities planned for Phase II sending a strong message: the political will exists to continue cooperating on transboundary water management in the region.