Can satellites help close the data gap in flood monitoring?

With growing populations, rising sea levels and raging storms, more and more people are finding themselves susceptible to severe flood events. Floods are detrimental to people, assets, infrastructure and the economy, and the effects are being felt worldwide. A United Nations report estimates that the number of people vulnerable to flood disaster could soar to 2 billion by 2050. As the frequency of these events increase, floods will no longer be ‘once in a lifetime’ incidents, but could instead become regular occurrences for many communities.

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Predicting natural disasters: how risk information protects lives and investments

No thanks to climate change, extreme weather events are getting more frequent, intense and unpredictable. A publication by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) highlights that in the past 20 years, weather-related disasters made up approximately 90% of major recorded disaster events. Although loss of human lives may be decreasing, economic impact – especially that of informal economies and uninsured losses – are on the rise.

However, having access to risk information can help stakeholders make better decisions to mitigate the impact of natural disasters on their communities and economy. Learn more. Continue reading “Predicting natural disasters: how risk information protects lives and investments”

Why web-based solutions are key for grasping the challenge of coastal flooding

With frequently changing climatic conditions, decision makers are facing the challenge of protecting human lives and precious assets against flooding from rivers, the sea and storm surges in urban areas along coasts.

Fortunately, web-based services and solutions can support decision makers in their response to the comprehensive challenge posed by coastal flooding. Continue reading “Why web-based solutions are key for grasping the challenge of coastal flooding”

An insider’s perspective on tackling coastal erosion

Coastal erosion is the wearing away of land, rocks or sand along the coastline. In addition to natural forces from the sea such as storm surges and sea level rise due to climate change, many human activities like harbour construction, maintenance dredging and more, all contribute to the erosion process.

We ask Kasper Kaegaard, our Senior Coastal Expert, five questions on coastal erosion to find out how we can protect our shorelines from this ongoing challenge.  Continue reading “An insider’s perspective on tackling coastal erosion”

How machine learning can help fuel decisions in flood management

Throughout the last couple of decades, exponentially increasing computing power and swiftly improving machine learning algorithms to analyse collected data have transformed several aspects of business operations. As a result, these types of pioneering technology trends are predicted to continue to grow and impact many different sectors across a wide range of industries. Continue reading “How machine learning can help fuel decisions in flood management”

How to manage urban stormwater quality in three steps

Urban stormwater runoff is rainwater or snowmelt runoff that runs off the pavement, parking lots, rooftops and other impermeable surfaces in the cities. As the runoff travels to the lowest elevation, it carries with it dirt, trash, toxins and various pollutants – all the way into streams, lakes, rivers, estuaries, or oceans. This polluted runoff affects the water quality in the receiving bodies and causes significant damage to ecosystems. Continue reading “How to manage urban stormwater quality in three steps”

Floating wind farms: A new dimension to offshore wind energy

It is hard to deny that the demand for more energy is growing at a rapid pace on a global scale. As a result of this, different methods and solutions have been deployed to crack energy supply challenges throughout the past couple of decades. Especially renewable energy sources, such as wind power and solar energy, stand out as ways to reduce the impact fossil fuels have on global warming. Continue reading “Floating wind farms: A new dimension to offshore wind energy”

An expert perspective: Discovering the importance of early warning systems in drought management

Droughts are impacting countries and climate all over the world. Even though some areas are more affected than others by droughts, there is a general consensus among scientists that regions currently experiencing severe droughts will get drier and regions with regular rainy seasons, will see heavier rainfall. Continue reading “An expert perspective: Discovering the importance of early warning systems in drought management”

Five major challenges and opportunities impacting the water industry in the years to come

2020 marks the start of not just a new year, but a fresh new decade – a perfect time to reflect upon what is coming and prioritise where to focus efforts next.

The water industry will most likely endure several changes in the years to come due to rapid urbanisation, severe climate changes, rising customer demands and the implementation of emerging digital technologies. These changes will leave the industry with a complex set of challenges that should be addressed and adopted to in order to stay competitive. Continue reading “Five major challenges and opportunities impacting the water industry in the years to come”

Wastewater treatment: How can Digital Twin modelling play a crucial role in WWTP operations?

Digitalisation is a term and process that is frequently stumbled upon in business settings. At its core, one could argue that digitalisation refers to the use of digital technologies to provide new valuable and important opportunities. But how does digitalisation play a role in the operation of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs)? Which positive impacts can digitalisation have on the Water Industry? Continue reading “Wastewater treatment: How can Digital Twin modelling play a crucial role in WWTP operations?”