The Joint Research Group of Open Water (GROW project) has received funding from the Reseach Council of Vrije Universiteit Belgium to support interactions between the teams of prof. Wim Bastiaanssen (IHE-Delft, NL), Prof. Raghavan Srinivasan (Texas A&M University, USA), prof. Dan Ames (Brigham Young University, USA), prof. Jaroslaw Chormanski (Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland) and prof. Ann van Griensven (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium).