Improved Hydrologic and Hydraulic Decision Support for the Mekong Basin: Day 3 of training

Friday 23 July 2021, 9 am - 3 pm ICT

This is the third and final day of a three-day training event to strengthen the capacity of Mekong water resource professionals in utilizing water data for modeling and forecasting activities. 

The United States (US) and Republic of Korea (ROK) are collaborating under the Mekong-US Partnership and its Mekong Water Data Initiative to provide technical training to the Mekong River Commission (MRC), National Mekong Committees and line agencies in the Lower Mekong countries. 

The Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP), hosted by the US-based NGO Pact, is organizing the training series, together with technical partners from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water).

The series is funded through the US Department of State, the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Mekong Institute, which is supported by the Mekong-Korea Cooperation Fund. 

On day 3 of the training, NASA will introduce its Soil Water Assessment Tool (SWATonline) and NASAccess, a web-based tool to access NASA Earth observation datasets that can be used in hydrological models such as SWAT, the K-series and USACE tools. Participants will learn about the use of satellite remote sensing in hydrology for better understanding trends in precipitation, soil moisture, evapotranspiration, surface water runoff and groundwater.

The workshop will conclude with a discussion on possible tools to improve the MRC’s Decision Support Framework. 

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