Active Delft-FEWS community in Australia

Published: 14 May 2014

Together with the Bureau of Meteorology and Seqwater, Deltares recently organized the first Australian Delft-FEWS User Days. The aim of this event was to build a community of FEWS users in Australia, so users can share their experiences and learn about the latest developments.

40 users shared their experiences on Delft-FEWS

Approximately 40 users from more than 15 organisations (government authorities and consultants) came to Melbourne, from 30  April until 1  May, to share experiences, get updated on the latest developments and to discuss further collaboration in the Australian Delft-FEWS community.

 

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Delft-FEWS is used in very different ways

The use of Delft-FEWS has increased significantly in the last few years across Australia and it was interesting to see how the users apply Delft-FEWS in very different ways for their daily operations. The Bureau of Meteorology is very much focused on flood and river forecasting, but Delft-FEWS is also applied to support dam operators at Seqwater and for irrigation purposes at Murrumbidgee Irrigation District. All presentations can be found through the Delft-FEWS portal.

Other regional user days will follow

The meeting showed that there is great interest to build an active community that is willing to share experiences and support each other. In this respect the Australian community is a frontrunner and we expect that this set-up will be an example for other regional user days for Delft-FEWS. The second Australian User Days are planned for the 29 and 30 April 2015.

More than 35 countries already use Delft-FEWS

Delft-FEWS, the Deltares data integration platform for forecasts and day-today water management, has been rolled out to more than 35 countries. Water management authorities can use Delft-FEWS to intervene early and prevent damage by high water levels and drought.