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30 January 2017

Local approach to efficient water management in Mozambique

Local approach to efficient water management in Mozambique

TU Delft project assists local stakeholders in developing joint vision for the Zambezi River Millions of people in Mozambique are dependent on the Zambezi River, which rises in Zambia and flows into the Indian Ocean via Mozambique. The many varied and often also conflicting interests make water management of this river a difficult task. This leads to such problems as a shortage of water for irrigation in the dry season, and flooded villages in the wet season. In January 2017, TU Delft and partner organisations started the NICHE project Capacity Building for Integrated Water Resources Management in order to assist the river's stakeholders in developing a joint vision for the river. The project is also aimed at professionalising local knowledge of water management.

26 January 2017

Charting the Irrawaddy with balloons and GPS trackers

Charting the Irrawaddy with balloons and GPS trackers

This week, a team of TU Delft researchers and students will travel to Myanmar to chart the flow of the country’s largest river, the Irrawaddy. The delegation will be taking 15 specially-made GPS trackers and 400 balloons with LED lights with them to help complete the task. Once the devices have been put to water, the team will track their progress as they travel several hundred kilometres downstream. Using this method, the researchers hope to collect data on the variations in the flow rate of the river. The team will also measure the quality of the water. The data will be used to calibrate a model of the river’s hydraulics and water quality.

19 January 2017

17/02 Symposium Urban Air Quality

17/02 Symposium Urban Air Quality

17 January 2017

‘Be careful for Asterix villages’

Mozambican Civil Engineer Manuel Alvarinho received honorary doctorate of TU Delft on 13 January 2017. “Conventional science and technology often doesn’t fit the reality of the slums and the rural areas of Mozambique”, says TU Delft honorary doctorate Manuel Carrilho Alvarinho. Alvarinho is an Mozambican Civil Engineer and has been working in the water supply and sanitation sector for over 35 years. Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, more than 50 percent of the people officially lives below the poverty line. There is a great lack of even the most basic sanitation facilities.

12 December 2016

Tackling global challenges: from Zika to flooding

Tackling global challenges: from Zika to flooding

TU Delft | Global Initiative invests in six more long-term research projects to find concrete solutions that directly improve lives of people living in poverty. The projects range from building houses with waste, low cost MRI-systems to smart turbine pumps for sustainable irrigation and a microchip to diagnose tropical fevers. These grants enable Delft engineers to contribute to the world’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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