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WISDOM Training in Hanoi at the Department of Water Resources Management / MONRE

On the 3rd of July a joint workshop on the WISDOM Information System was given for the Department of Water Resources Management. Subject of the workshop were the underlying theoretical concepts of Web GIS applications such as the WISDOM Information System, Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards and services and looking into more detail into the concept of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) as well as related administrative frameworks.

Book „The Mekong Delta System – Interdisciplinary Analyses of a River Delta” now published

The Springer book „The Mekong Delta System – Interdisciplinary Analyses of a River Delta” editored by F. Renaud and C. Kuenzer is now published. The book contains  17 chapters, most of which present results of the WISDOM project. The book is available via Springer and can also be purchased via amazon.

Survey on small-scale enterprises, livelihoods and environmental change completed

After 6 months of intensive preparation, the Institute for Socio-economic Development Studies of Can Tho City (CIDS), the Southern Institute for Sustainable Development (SISD) and the Center for Development Research (ZEF) carried out a survey on small-scale enterprises (SSE) development, livelihoods and water management in Can Tho City, Mekong Delta.

Mekong Workshop Tour accomplished

Another Workshop Tour through the Mekong Delta has been accomplished last week (Dong Thap, An Giang, Ca Mau and Kien Giang). Subject of these workshops were advanced topics such as spatial data infrastructure principles and applying the WISDOM Information System as a data distribution tool in combination with an open source desktop GIS such as Quantum GIS to process geographic data derived through the WISDOM IS. All in all about 80 participants from DONRE, DART and DOST took part in the four workshops and were granted access to the WISDOM Information System.

Flood monitoring using MODIS 250m

A series of tropical storms and heavy monsoon rains combined to make 2011 the worst flood season on the lower Mekong River in the last decade. The following images compare seasonal flooding along the Mekong River on October 16, October 23, and November 1, 2011.

WISDOM 5th PhD Scientific Seminar

On 21-23 February 2012 the 5th WISDOM PhD Scientific Seminar took place in Can Tho City, jointly organized by UNU-EHS and Can Tho University. The seminar allowed the PhD students of WISDOM’s second project phase to present their fieldwork progress and to discuss preliminary results with their fellow PhD candidates as well as with other WISDOM scientists and selected external experts.

 

General Director of Mexican Space Agency received Introduction to the WISDOM Information System

On January 17, 2012 a Mexican delegation accompanied by DLR Executive Board Chairman Prof. Johann-Dietrich Wörner visited the Earth Observation Center (EOC). The director of the reorganized Mexican Space Agency, Agencia Espacial Mexicana (Aexa), Mr. Javier Mendieta, his deputy Mr. Enrique Pacheco, and Mr. Enrique Palos from the Mexican Embassy were able to obtained first-hand information about the EOC’s current work and international cooperation.

Workshop on the WISDOM Information System in Can Tho

SIWRR coordinated in close cooperation with the German WISDOM Partners a workshop on the WISDOM Information System in Can Tho on the 10th of January 2012. About 35 directors of the DONREs, DARDs and DOSTs of the 13 Mekong Delta Provinces were invited and participated. Purpose of this workshop was to review current functionalities, data content and performance of the WISDOM Information System and to discuss required priorities for the further technical development in order in increase the attractiveness of the Information System for daily routine usage in the provinces.

DLR finalized a remote sensing product validation field campaign in the central Mekong Delta

Between November 13th and November 23rd the DLR undertook a ground truthing campaign in the central Mekong Delta, covering the provinces of Can Tho, Kien Giang, An Giang, Dong Thap, Vinh Long, Soc Trang and Hau Giang. While the northern and central parts are under extensive mixed fruit tree farming (longan, banana, mango, pomelo, mandarin, custard apple) and vegetable plantations (salads, spring onion, pumpkin, cabbage, beans, etc.), the southern part and the western part are characterized by partially inundated plains for rice farmin and rice-duck cropping systems.

ZEF, CIDS and SISD embark on joint research initiative on livelihoods, small-scale enterprises and water resources management in the Mekong Delta

With a joint workshop held in Can Tho City from October 26th to 28th 2012, the Center for Development Research (ZEF), the Institute for Socio-economic Development Studies of Can Tho City (CIDS) and the Southern Institute for Sustainable Development (SISD) started a new collaborative research initiative that aims at exploring the interrelationship between small-scale enterprise (SSE) development, changing livelihoods and natural resources, in particular water in the project region.

United Nations University and Can Tho University organized and hosted the WISDOM Expert Meeting on Vulnerability and Adaptation Scenarios for Can Tho and Tra Vinh

On 07 October 2011 the United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security in collaboration with Can Tho University organized and hosted the WISDOM Expert Meeting on Vulnerability and Adaptation Scenarios for Can Tho and Tra Vinh. The meeting had three main objectives:

Wisdom scientists discussed Ecosystem Services Concepts with experts at the “Ecosystem Services: Integrating Science and Practice” conference

From 4-7 October 2011, Mr. Vo Quoc Tuan, a researcher from WISDOM project participated in the Ecosystem Services: integrating Science and Practice conference hosted by Wageningen University in Wageningen, the Netherlands. The main aim of the conference was to provide a forum for researchers, practitioners and policy-makers to exchange information and ideas about new developments and pressing issues on the Science and Practice of Ecosystem Services (ES). At the conference, Mr. Tuan has discussed the topic of valuation of mangrove ecosystem services with Dr.

Two WISDOM PhDs from GFZ completed

At Friday, September 16th, both Nguyen Viet Dung and Nguyen Nghia Hung successfully defended their dissertations at the University of Stuttgart within the International Doctoral Program Environment Water (ENWAT). Their work was performed in and supervised by the section 5.4 Hydrology of the GFZ, the German Research Centre for Geoscience. The dissertation of Nguyen Viet Dung deals with the development and testing of a framework for automatic calibration of hydrodynamic models taking a large scale model of the whole Mekong Delta as an example.

1st Mekong Delta Capacity Building Tour on the WISDOM Information System successfully completed

During the week from the 19th of September till the 23rd of September a Mekong Delta Capacity Building Tour took place to present the current state of the WISDOM Information System.  A joint German-Vietnamese team from three different partners organized and conducted the workshops in five different provinces in the Mekong Delta.

Training of Trainer at VNU in Ho Chi Minh City

In preparation of the Mekong Delta Capacity Building Tour and as an update on the current development of the WISDOM IS, DLR conducted together with lat/lon the second workshop in series on the administration of the WISDOM Information System from the 13th till the 14th of September 2011 in Ho Chi Minh City / Vietnam in cooperation with the Vietnam National University and the Southern Institute for Water Resources Research. The concept of virtualisation, applying Debian 6 in an virtual environment, server installation and other technical aspects were subject of the workshop.

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