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Seasonal Water Resources Management in Semiarid Regions: Application-oriented Transfer of Regionalized Global Information (SaWaM)


Methods and tools for the application-oriented transfer of regionalized global information to water management in data-sparse semi-arid regions will be developed and their performance analysed. In a cooperation of seven scientific partners and two companies, the regional focus will be on Sudan, Iran, Brazil, Ecuador/Peru, and West Africa. For hydrological design purposes, our temporal scale covers the past up to the present, while for operational management purposes it will address the upcoming 1-12 months. SaWaM employs models addressing seasonal forecasting, water availability, sedimentation processes, and ecosystem states. Model approaches are extended by satellite-borne methods. An online prototype of a globally applicable decision support system for dry-land water management will be developed through an integrative approach in close cooperation with German business partners and local stakeholders.


2017-2020 by BMBF


  • Prof. Dr. Harald Kunstmann, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU), KIT, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Prof. Dr. Almut Arneth, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research (IMK-IFU), KIT, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Prof. Dr. Axel Bronstert, Institute of Earth and Environmental Science, Potsdam University, Potsdam
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Bendix, Department of Geography, Philipps University Marburg, Marburg
  • Prof. Dr. Nico Sneeuw, Institut of Geodesy (GIS) , University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart
  • Prof. Dr. Eva Paton-Müller, Arbeitsgruppe Ökohydrologie und Landschaftsbewertung und Geoinformation in der Umweltplanung, TU Berlin
  • Dr. Saskia Förster, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam
  • Dr. Luis Samaniego, Prof. Dr. Sabine Attinger, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Leipzig 
  • Berhon Dibrani, Lahmeyer International GmbH
  • Thomas Kukuk, Gesellschaft für Angewandte Fernerkundung (GAF AG)

Contact: Christof Lorenz, Harald Kunstmann