CAWa at the World Water Week 2013

At this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm dedicated to the topic of “Water cooperation – building partnerships”, the CAWa project co-convened the session “Collaboration in Networks for Water Capacity Development”, which was organized in cooperation with UNDP’s CapNet programme.

CAWA Training Course "Statistical Analysis in Hydrology: Introduction into R"

From December 9th to 13th, 2013, a training course on statistical analysis in hydrology using the free software R will be hold at Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences CAIAG in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The CAWa project invites Ph.D-students, young scientists, academic staff of research institutions and specialists from water management organisations in Central Asia to participate in the course. This course is organized in cooperation with the University of Potsdam and the Centre for International and Environmental Research (ZEU) at Giessen University.

CAWA Training Course "Remote Sensing for Hydrological Monitoring"

From August 5th to 9th, 2013, a training course with focus on Remote Sensing for Hydrological Monitoring will be hold at Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences CAIAG in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic. The CAWa project invits specialists of the Central Asian hydrometeorological services, research institutions and water management organisations to participate in the course. This course is organized in cooperation with the  and the University of Würzburg Faculty of Geography and Geology Department of Remote Sensing.

CAWa experts support transboundary river basin authorities

Between October 2012 and March 2013, CAWa experts from the University of Wuerzburg supported initial steps towards the establishment of transboundary river basin authorities envisaged in the Isfara river basin, shared by Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and the Murghab-Tedjen river basin, shared by Turkmenistan and Afghanistan. In the frame of the Transboundary Water Management in Central Asia Programme (TWMCA) implemented by the “Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit” (GIZ) as part of the “Berlin Process”, the researchers assisted in the generation of detailed land use maps, as well as the assessment of climate change impact and natural hazards.

Training Course "Technical Equipment for River Runoff Monitoring: Sensors, handling and applications"

From April 22nd to 26th, 2013, a training course with focus on Technical Equipment for River Runoff Monitoring was hold at GFZ in Potsdam. The CAWa project invited 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.

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 invites engineers and technical staff of organizations intending to build up and run hydrometerological monitoring stations in their countries.

First CAWa monitoring station in Uzbekistan installed

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.

CAWA Training Course "Use of GIS Techniques in Natural Resources Management"

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 monitoring stations started operation in Tajikistan

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.

New land cover products for Central Asia

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.