New interactive data research facility addresses water-related issues worldwide

Published: 23 March 2016

To address water-related issues, decision-makers and experts across the world need to access information, data and models quickly to support their strategic planning, preparedness and response activities. The new interactive data research laboratory (iD-Lab) at Deltares officially opened today to tackle this challenge.

Supporting decision-making in strategic planning, preparedness and response

The iD-Lab is an interactive space where users can access, combine and visualise data, models and tools from global to local levels to generate actionable information for decision-makers. The iD-Lab is at the forefront of innovative science and technology driving the development of real-time information services and tools to support disaster preparedness and operational response. It acts as an experimental arena for scientists to test and integrate their latest models and tools for new applications. The iD-Lab also supports collaborative stakeholder sessions by using interactive decision supporting tools for the rapid visualisation of information to jointly define problems and find sustainable solutions.

Opening ceremony conducted by WRI

The opening ceremony today was conducted by the World Resources Institute (WRI). Water is a major WRI theme. Their website warns: “The world runs on water. Yet the world’s water systems face formidable threats.” Deltares and the WRI are allies in the face of this worldwide challenge.

Kitty van der Heijden (left), director WRI Europe, and Andrew Steer (right), general director WRI, led the opening ceremony. Photos: Guus Schoonewille

Betsy Otto, Global Director of the WRI Water Programme: “Flooding is one of the worst and most under-recognised disasters affecting people and their communities; river flooding alone causes over $100 billion in damage every year. Better flood monitoring is essential to reduce these risks. Our Flood Analyzer and the new iD-Lab give decision-makers better tools to understand risks and develop action plans to prevent damage and save lives. We’re excited about working with Deltares on these critical issues in the months ahead.”

Opening of the iD-Lab today at Deltares in Delft.

Addition to existing Deltares research facilities

The iD-Lab is an important addition to the existing research facilities at Deltares (including the Delta Flume) that are used to gain more knowledge about delta issues throughout the world.