Project

Background

Climate changes and the ongoing intensification of agriculture effect in increased material inputs in watercourses and dams. Especially, soil erosion causes sediment inputs that pose a risk for water protection and the quality of drinking water. Thus, water industry associations, suppliers and municipalities face new challenges. To ensure an efficient and environmentally friendly water supply for the future, adjustments on changing conditions are necessary. There is a need for water management monitoring programmes in order to develop methods to reduce pollutant inputs into surface waters. In addition, the project focusses on the usability of open access big data in combination with in-situ data for the purpose of analysing and predicting heavy rain events. In this context, the research project WaCoDiS contributes to the challange of reducing pollutant discharges and inputs, in order to come up with solutions for fertilizer planning and agricultural measures which can subsequently be implemented in cooperation with the farmers.

Goal

The research project WaCoDiS aims to geo-locate and quantify material outputs from agricultural areas and to optimize models for sediment and material inputs (nutrient contamination) into watercourses and dams. This enables both the localizing of pollutant sources and the development, realization and monitoring of case specific measures for water protection. Therefore, different data sources like Copernicus satellite data and in-situ data, existing web services and novel domain model components will be combined.
The application to be developed will be deployed in an operative test mode within the infrastructure of the Wupperverband, a regional German water management association, in order to identify sediment transport paths and sources and to optimize monitoring processes for its dynamic catchment area. In addition, the project evaluates the usability of open access big data in combination with in-situ data for the purpose of analysing and predicting heavy rain events.