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King Willem-Alexander

interested in Aqueduct

The new Aqueduct tool, which predicts floods, makes it possible to take the appropriate measures in

time to prevent a disaster or to limit damage. At the Global City Teams Challenge Expo in Washington,

flood expert Hessel Winsemius of Deltares demonstrated the Aqueduct Global Flood Analyzer for King

Willem-Alexander and Foreign Minister Bert Koenders. Aqueduct is a public tool that maps out river

floods throughout the world. The demonstration included the development and application of Aqueduct,

and it showed how stakeholders can use the tool to estimate and mitigate flood risks worldwide.

A drone that can lift up

to 8 kg, with the prospect

of a machine that can

manage up to 30 kg in the

future. Deltares is using

new technology to make

research more economical

and efficient. In this way,

increasingly heavy specialist

monitoring equipment and

cameras can be used in the

field to look at locations

that are difficult to reach.

Currently, the focus is

primarily on investigating

applications for geophysical

fieldwork and sampling in

open water. This approach

will also make it possible

to identify dike leaks

better from the air. A water

authority has already said

they are interested in using

drones for dike inspections.

The precise approach required

is now being studied.



field research



for water quality and ecology

Data about water quality and ecology are gene-

rally collected using samples. However, samples

are difficult to manage in the water information

systems available at present. In order to stream-

line data processing and analysis, new functio-

nalities have been developed in the Delft-FEWS

software. The added functions make it easier to

import, filter, save and export ecological data in

a structured way. One of the new functions is a

sample viewer. It generates an overview of the

properties of each sample such as the sampling

method and the laboratory. In addition, it is now

possible to switch between the local and Latin

names. The system gives users a quick overview

of the data obtained during monitoring and

helps to structure those data.