Satellites and offshore wind farms? A match made in space

With an increasing number of satellites launched in recent years and advances in the image analysis methods, remote sensing data has proven itself as a cheap and very valuable source of information for planning, construction and monitoring of offshore wind farms (OWF). Continue reading “Satellites and offshore wind farms? A match made in space”

Can nature provide the solutions for better water management?

Nature-based solutions are water management interventions that make targeted use of ecosystems to deliver specific water management benefits. With communities around the world increasingly facing risks and impacts due to population growth, urbanisation and climate change, nature-based solutions have a lot to offer in support of sustainable and affordable water management. Continue reading “Can nature provide the solutions for better water management?”

No authorisation – no market: Mandatory biocidal regulation puts pressure on industry

With the ongoing implementation of the EU Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR), industries dealing with biocides in their products are feeling the regulatory changes for real. It’s clear-cut: If you want to stay on or enter the European market, biocidal products must have an authorisation in accordance with the harmonised requirements. Continue reading “No authorisation – no market: Mandatory biocidal regulation puts pressure on industry”

What are the constraints of traditional numerical modelling?

Calculating wave impacts in ports and terminals

Operational safety is at stake when wave movement is high in ports and terminals. As such, port authorities and key stakeholders are concerned with wave conditions affecting vessel motions to avoid costly consequences. In addition, high vessel motions may damage mooring lines, fenders, or even the moored vessels in the port. What if there was a faster, better and easier way to model waves in ports as compared to existing methods? Continue reading “What are the constraints of traditional numerical modelling?”

Ever wondered what Earth Observation satellites are capable of monitoring?

You might be surprised at the numerous different applications they can provide

Earth Observation (EO) satellites have become increasingly smaller, cheaper and easier to launch – and they are now orbiting the earth in record numbers. This is great news for the water environment as an increased number of satellites equate to more frequent and detailed data, allowing more water challenges to be solved along with the development of new remote sensing techniques. Continue reading “Ever wondered what Earth Observation satellites are capable of monitoring?”

Is the water quality of your network affected by the PVC in plastic pipes?

Analyse the cumulative contact time with a new computational method

The role of hydraulic models in risk assessment analysis

Most hydraulic models provide a ‘water age’ option that allows users to calculate the residence time of water within the pipe network. While this is a standard water quality indicator used in practice, it does not address the issue when we need to analyse the contact time with pipes of a specific material, such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Continue reading “Is the water quality of your network affected by the PVC in plastic pipes?”

How to become better at maintaining safe recreational water

Meeting water quality standards and providing timely information is a burning need today

Recreational use of water bodies can deliver important benefits to health and well-being. Yet, there may also be adverse health effects associated with recreational use if the water is polluted or unsafe.

Sewage outfalls, storm water overflows, plant releases, agricultural production effluents – water bodies are subjected to many polluted discharges. When these water bodies are also used for recreational purposes, the safety of the population is at risk. Ensuring safe discharges into recreational waters and informing bathers if pollution occurs is therefore crucial for human health.
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Creating positive environmental impacts with artificial reefs

How to recover good environmental status with new marine habitats

Marine structures – such as piers, windmills and bridges – typically have a bad name when it comes to their effects on the environment. But did you know that their existence could impact marine environments positively too? Continue reading “Creating positive environmental impacts with artificial reefs”

Fulfilling REACH chemical regulations for medical devices

Beware of the regulatory pitfalls

Choosing the right manufacturing materials for medical devices – from the start of the development phase – is crucial to protect the safety of users. Not only that, there is also a need to ensure that chemical substances used to manufacture the devices comply with regulatory standards. Continue reading “Fulfilling REACH chemical regulations for medical devices”

Global Wind Day: How do wind turbines work?

Celebrating the power of wind

Thanks to global efforts and agreements such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in tackling climate change, we are observing a boom in renewable energy growth, especially in wind energy. Continue reading “Global Wind Day: How do wind turbines work?”