Glacier Expedition to the Tian-Shan Mountains

To investigate the dynamics of glaciers in the Tian-Shan mountains and how they are affected by climate change, researchers from Germany, Austria and Kyrgyzstan went on a three-week expedition in July 2010.

CAWa researchers contribute to UNDP workshop on glacier melting

Scientists from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and abroad met in Almaty to discuss how they can cooperate to better monitor melting glaciers in Central Asia. The workshop was organized by UNDP on June 24-25 in the frame of their Climate Risk Management in Central Asia programme.

CAWa researchers discuss first results in water resources and climate modeling

On May 18, 2010, researchers from GFZ, CAIAG, DLR, the University of Wuerzburg and the Munich Glaciology Group (Commission for Glaciology of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich) met for their annual workshop in the frame of the second work package of the CAWa project.

Progress of the CAWa project presented at Federal Foreign Office in Berlin

On April 12, representatives from GFZ and DLR participated in the “Berlin Process” coordination meeting at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. They presented the ongoing activities and the first results of the CAWa project.

Second Expedition of ZEU and SIC ICWC specialists to Fergana Valley

Scientists from ZEU and SIC ICWC had their second expedition in the frame of the CAWa project to Fergana valley in March 2010. The field works are carried out to assess the water use efficiency and quantify the amount of evaporating groundwater – which is lost for productive use.

Kyrgyz-German Research Institute continues research works despite political unrests

The Central Asian Institute of Applied Geosciences CAIAG, founded by GFZ German Research Center for Geosciences survived the serious unrest and looting in Bishkek in the beginning of April comparably unblemished.

Second CAWa Workshop with Central Asian Hydromet Services held successfully

For two days, from December 17 to 18, 2009, specialists from Central Asian and German research institutions and water agencies met in Bishkek for their second CAWa Workshop.

First CAWa Monitoring Station HyMet01 Installed near Bishkek

The first complex hydrometeorological monitoring station of the CAWa project has been installed in Baitik, around 40 km south of Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). It went into test operation on December 14, 2009.

Use of RapidEye satellite data for assessment of glacier and vegetation dynamics

The CAWa research group will use RapidEye satellite data to assess the dynamics of glaciers and vegetation cover in Central Asia. The respective scientific proposal has been approved by RESA – Rapid Eye Science Archive in October 2009.

RapidEye earth observation satellites provide multi-spectral images with up to 15 daily revisits in a high spatial resolution of 6 m.

DLR visits SIC ICWC in Tashkent

Between 23 and 24 September 2009, representatives of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) met Prof. Dr. Dukhovny, director of the Scientific-Information Center of the Interstate Commission on Water Coordination in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.