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Water Management

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Many of the world’s major environmental concerns have to do with water. Potable water is getting increasingly scarce, which makes it a valuable resource to be managed wisely. Extreme weather causes excessive flooding which can often be prevented with proper by interventions. Pollution of valuable water resources and the status of precious wetlands deserve close monitoring.

Timely, accurate, and detailed spatial information on the status of water resources is the key to managing water resources. At ITC, we utilize theoretical knowledge and develop the skills required for effective water resources management. ITC research areas include flood prediction, groundwater recharge, drought monitoring and prediction, water quality monitoring, and climate studies.

Major projects

Major projects

The Lake Naivasha basin is diverse both in terms of ecosystems and economic activities, all of which depend on having enough water of good quality.  Over the last 30 years the basin has undergone several economic transformations that threaten both water quality and quantity.

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As part of the FRAME project a consortium led by eLEAF is using remote sensing data to develop an operational open-access database to monitor water, agricultural water and land productivity. Datasets covering Northers and Sub-Sahara Africa and the near East will be delivered at different levels.

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Developments in the watershed of the Mara river in Kenya are leading to erratic water availability in the area. This seriously threatens socio-economic development and complicates agriculture and wildlife management. MaMaSe helps to solve this problem.

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At ITC, we focus on fundamental and problem-solving research where spatial information can make a real difference. Our scientific staff en PhD candidates in the field of water management research topics such as 3D city modeling for water management, coastal inundation monitoring and the impact of climate change on various types of water resources.


ITC is known to be one of the top institutes worldwide in the field of Geo-information science and earth observation. At ITC, we train students to engineer approaches for designing future-oriented solutions to the world's biggest challenges. We encourage our students to participate in public-private partnership projects initiated by ITC and other organizations.

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