8 cool facts about Planet Earth that might be new to you

Earth Day is an event celebrated on 22 April every year. Globally, various events are organised to demonstrate support for environmental conservation. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day has come a long way – with over 190 countries now coordinated worldwide by the Earth Day Network. Continue reading “8 cool facts about Planet Earth that might be new to you”

Accidental oil spills giving you a headache? It’s time to plan ahead

Accidental oil spills remind us of the dramatic impacts that oil can have on the environment. They also bring into focus the importance of efficient emergency planning. Continue reading “Accidental oil spills giving you a headache? It’s time to plan ahead”

The truth about Climate Adaptation Studies in 5 minutes

And how they can help you build resilience to climate change

The omnipresent threat of climate change is growing. Its effects are evident in the increasing fragility of food and water security, and erratic meteorological phenomena. This has led to the development of Climate Adaption Studies (CAS) to build resilience against climate change. Continue reading “The truth about Climate Adaptation Studies in 5 minutes”

Getting the most out of water management indicators

Using meaningful indicators to link science and decision-making in water management

Sustainable river basin management is often defined as the ‘coordinated development and management of water, land and related resources to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner, without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems’[1]. Continue reading “Getting the most out of water management indicators”

How to conduct fire flow assessments for your water distribution system

Avoid the mistake of having a poorly thought-out fire protection plan

‘For centuries, water has been used to extinguish fires. The inexpensiveness and availability of water are the primary factors leading to its widespread use. But, not only must water be available for fire protection, it must be available in adequate supply. As a result, the question must be asked, how much water is necessary to be considered an adequate supply for fire protection?’

 (Milke, J.A. 1980. How Much Water Is Enough? The International Fire Chief (March), pp. 21–24.)

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A satellite perspective on wetland monitoring

The best way to take stock of national wetland resources

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on the 2nd of February to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. Continue reading “A satellite perspective on wetland monitoring”

How technology is helping professionals manage coastal erosion successfully

The coast is vulnerable to forces from the sea – and coastal protection and maintenance is an ongoing challenge.

Information and knowledge about wind, waves, depth conditions and sediment types is key in the decision-making process on how to protect the coasts. Continue reading “How technology is helping professionals manage coastal erosion successfully”

Two useful tips for the global registration of chemicals

How to simplify the process of getting your products out on the market

Chemicals are part of our everyday life and are contained in almost all products that we handle – from preservatives in personal care products and coatings on the inside of food packaging, to bromated flame retardants covering our IT and household appliances. Continue reading “Two useful tips for the global registration of chemicals”

Is your future water use for irrigation a cause for concern?

Improve your planning of agriculture with satellite data

In many parts of the world, water resources are under pressure due to the ever-increasing demand from growing populations and the need for increased agricultural production. Water scarcity is expected to increase in the future, in particular for the 40% of the world classified as semi-arid. Continue reading “Is your future water use for irrigation a cause for concern?”