First National WUEMoCA User Forum in Uzbekistan

On 10 December 2015, the first National WUEMoCA (“Water Use Efficiency Monitor in Central Asia”) User Forum was held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). The meeting gathered 20 representatives from the Basin Water Organisations Amudarya and Syrdarya, Basin Irrigation System Administrations, Irrigation System Administrations, and research institutions from all over Uzbekistan. Researchers and WUEMoCA developers from Wuerzburg University and SIC ICWC presented the preliminary version of the WUEMoCA web-tool, and discussed the specific requirements by users in irrigation management organisations.

Second CAWa Summer School at German-Kazakh University

Following up on the success of the first CAWa Summer School in 2014, the 2nd Summer School "Methods and Tools for the Assessment and Monitoring of Central Asian Water and Land Resources - From field measurements to spatial analysis" took place at the German-Kazakh University in Almaty 15-27 June 2015. Overall 23 young master and PhD students as well as young specialists from government agencies and research institutions from five countries particiated in the two-week training.

German TV documentary on Central Asia’s water problems

In June 2015, the German TV documentary „Dry Season – Central Asia’s Battle over Water“ was presented at the Kazakh-German University in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and at the Central Asian Institute of Applied Geosciences in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). Upon invitation of the CAWa project, the German filmmaker Arno Trümper and representatives of the German Federal Foreign Office discussed with Central Asian students, specialists and researchers past, recent and future water problems and conflicts in the region of Central Asia, and debated potential solutions.

Training on MODSNOW and seasonal runoff forecast

The use of satellite imagery on seasonal snow cover may substantially improve the runoff forecasts for the vegetation period in the Naryn river basin. This is the result of a study carried out by O. Kalashnikova (CAIAG) and A. Gafurov (GFZ). On 19th March 2015, their approach was presented in detail during the methodological training „Runoff forecast for the rivers of the Naryn basin and the inflow into the Toktogul reservoir using MODIS satellite imagery” held at CAIAG in Bishkek.

Discussion of concept for "Water Use Efficiency Monitor for Central Asia"

During the first week of February 2015, CAWa scientists from the Remote Sensing Department of Wuerzburg University visited SIC ICWC in Tashkent and CAREC in Almaty to discuss the concept for a web-based application “Water Use Efficiency Monitor for Central Asia” (WUEMoCA). The application is the focus of CAWa work package 3 during the 3rd phase of the CAWa project in 2015-2017.

Training on land use and irrigation planning and monitoring

On December 2, 2014, SIC ICWC and the Centre for international Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) of Giessen University organized a training for specialists of Water User Associations and provincial water-planning authorities at the Syrdarya-Sokh Basin Irrigation System Administration in Fergana (Uzbekistan). The focus of the workshop was on the presentation of future scenarios of socio-economic development and climate change in the Fergana valley, and the discussion of adaptation options.

Third Training on operation and maintenance of CAWa monitoring stations

The third training on the operation and maintenance of the automated hydrometeorological monitoring stations installed in the frame of the CAWa project was held at CAIAG (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan), 8-12 December 2014. 17 Participants from the Hydrometerological Services of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as well as from CAIAG were trained in the set-up of the monitoring stations, configuration of sensors and required maintenance works.

Second CAWa monitoring station in Uzbekistan installed

The regional hydrometeorological monitoring network of the CAWa project has been further extended with the installation of the Maidantal station in the Pskem river basin in Uzbekistan. The station was installed in September 2014 in joint efforts by the Uzbek Hydrometeorological service, the UNDP “Climate Risk Management in Uzbekistan” programme, GFZ and CAIAG. It is operated by UzHydromet.

CAWa Summer School at German-Kazakh University in Almaty

From May 12th to 24th, 2014, the CAWa Summer School on „Methods and tools for the assessment, modeling and monitoring of Central Asian water and land resources“ was held at the German-Kazakh University (DKU), Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan. In the Summer School particpated 22 bachelor and master students but also young university teachers from the five countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.

Mass balance measurements on Tien Shan and Alay glaciers 2013

Following-up on the mass balance measurements during the previous years 2010-2012, new accumulation and ablation measurements at Abramov, Golubin, Akshiirak and Suek Glaciers were taken in July/August this year by a multi-national team of researchers from Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. The data will be used to compute the 2012/2013 mass balances of the visited glaciers.