Upcoming conference:

4th Open Water Symposium - Exploring the Water Cloud

4th Open Water Symposium - Exploring the Water Cloud

Cloud computing and model technologies for water management

Date: March 28-30, 2017

Venue: Royal Flemish Academy of Science of Belgium

Chairs: Ann van Griensven (VUB/UNESCO-IHE) and Hichem Sahli (VUB)

OBJECTIVES
The ambition of the WaterCloud conference is to develop research on cloud computing in the water sciences and promote its education in the countries of South East Asian and Africa. 
Schematically, cloud computing consists of pooling hardware and software resources via the Internet. It reduces the costs of processing and storage of information in a simplified environment accessible to all. It is also an operational response to the generalized problems of Big Data – also today major issue of Computer Science. This simplification and cost reduction offer methodological possibilities not previously explored (e.g. test many models, including in the area of Big Data for data reduction to compare their relevance). The strategy of the conference that aims at organizing thematic workshops and practical workshops applied to the water problems is a real innovation responding to demands now clearly identified with our partners of the South. Still little teaching of cloud computing, recent paradigm of computer science, requires a major theoretical investment before being mobilized by the practice on concrete projects. WaterCloud aims at bringing together participants that have at heart to strengthen the links between education, research and environmental engineering using cloud computing technologies for water management. The symposium will be organized as a series of oral presentations (invited and selected from abstracts) and hands-on training workshops. 
Targeted audience:     
•    Developers and providers of cloud computing and open source tools in the water domain from all over the globe.  
•    Potential users of open source tools for water resources management in the South
•    Academics and students doing research using open source tools
 

WATERCLOUD SEMINAR March 28, 2017: PROGRAMME

Morning (Chair Ann van Griensven)


8:30 Registration and coffee
9:00 Welcoming (Dominque Laffly, Hichem Sahli and Ann van Griensven)
9:20 Paolo Ciavola and Tomas Fernandez (University of Ferrara, Italy) "Montblanc Storm surge predictions at high resolution for European case study sites: opportunities for cloud computing initiatives"
9:40 Mauricio F. Villazon and Diego A. Inturias (University of San Simon, Bolivia) Early Warning System in the Mamoré River - Bolivian Amazon”
10:00 Nguyen Kim Loi (Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) "Integration of Automated SWAT and HEC-RAS Models in Real Time Data for Flood Forecasting in Vu Gia Thu Bon River Basin"

Coffee break

10:50 Patrick Willems, Pieter Meert, Befekadu Wodegiorgis, Ann van Griensven, Willy Bauwens, (KULeuven/VUB, Belgium), Fernando Pereira (Flanders Hydraulics), "Using conceptual models for water management"
11:10 Farkhondeh Khorashadi Zadeh, Befekadu T. Woldegiorgis, Fernando Pereira‎, Ann van Griensven and Willy Bauwens (VUB, Belgium) "Automatic calibration and uncertainty analysis of a conceptual river water quality model‎"
11:30 Dorian Gorgan, Victor Bacu, Constantin Nandra, Teodor Stefanut  (Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania) on the use of cloud computing for SWAT calibrations: gSWAT
12:10 Douglas Plaza-Guingla and Mijail Arias-Hidalgo (ESPOL, Ecuador) "Rapid development of conceptual hydrologic models by using MODELICA object-oriented simulation language"

12:30 Lunch

 

Afternoon (Chair Hichem Sahli)

13:40 Tim Hessels and Wim Bastiaanssen (UNESCO-IHE/TUDelft, Netherlands) on Global Water Accounting using Google Earth Engine
14:00 Gonzalo E. Espinoza-Dávalos (UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands), Wim G.M. Bastiaanssen, and Tim Hessels "Integration of hydrologic data services for Water Accounting"
14:40 Stef Lhermitte (TUDelft, Netherlands) “Mapping snow cover using multi-source satellite data on big data platforms”
15:00 Liesbet Jacobs (VUB, Belgium), Matthieu Kervyn, Olivier Dewitte, Ivan Marchesini and Massimiliano Alvioli. “Dealing with heterogeneous and large datasets for landslide susceptibility assessment: an open source approach using distributed processing”

Coffee break

15:50 Fekadu Moreda (RTI International, USA) "A framework for Cloud Computation for Water Resources Management"
16:10 Seleshi Yalew  (Wageningen University, Netherlands), Pieter van der Zaag (UNESCO-IHE/TUDelft) and Ann van Griensven (VUB/UNESCO-IHE) "AgriSuit: A web-based GIS-MCDA framework for agricultural land suitability assessment”
16:30 Winfred Mbungu (Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania), "Water resources monitoring using low cost sensors and cloud computing in resource scarce watersheds”
16:50 Kris Steenhaut and Dario Di Zenobio (VUB, Belgium), “Opportunities of IoT for water management”
17:10 Nikolaos Deligiannis (VUB, Belgium), “Environmental and Social Sensing: Cases for Big Data Analytics” 

17:30 reception

 

Previous conferences: 

- 1ST OPEN WATER SYMPOSIUM AND WORKSHOPS, DELFT, THE NETHERLANDS, APRIL 2011 (OPEN WATER JOURNAL VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1)

-2ND OPEN WATER SYMPOSIUM AND WORKSHOPS, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: SEPTEMBER 2013 (OPEN WATER JOURNAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1)

- 3RD OPEN WATER SYMPOSIUM AND WORKSHOPS, ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA: SEPTEMBER 2015 (OPEN WATER JOURNAL VOLUME 3, ISSUE 1)