Turning the tide on water resources degradation and restoring water quality is no small task. Yet, improvements in water availability and quality will have a profound impact on the health and biodiversity of freshwater ecosystems, on the quality of life for billions of people and for the sustainable growth of economies around the world.
The recent digital revolution is making a huge potential available to manage our water more efficient and ‘smart’. Newly emerging digital paradigms for data retrieval, analysis and storage create the ability to share and exchange data at various scales: local/urban, regional and river basin. Data-driven and process-based models can offer precise monitoring, forecasting and visualization capabilities, all of which are key to support far-reaching water system innovations.
During the first session, the keynote will provide an in-depth overview of the latest developments in “Instrumentation, Control and Automation” (ICA) and how this is transforming the utility of tomorrow. A number of cases will then explore how new data management is further stretching a utilities’ horizon. Examples include utility data management as service hosted ‘in the cloud’, water savings on-line trading, water service inventories and data management through new on-line data platforms and innovative customer relations using data and social media. Cases will be presented from the Morocco, Kenya, Ghana, United States, and India.
The second session will explore how data and information is revolutionizing the management of large water resources systems. The keynote will provide an overview of the latest development of remote sensing, data management and modelling of large scale freshwater systems. Subsequent case studies will show how latest modelling techniques help to manage urban flooding or support stakeholder engagement in addressing water scarcity. Cases will be presented from the Singapore, Australia and the United States.