Three steps for benefiting from your Delft-FEWS HydroNET Water Control Room

STEP 1: Join our collaborative modelling approach

The first step to successfully implementing your Water Control Room is to understand the information needs of your staff and stakeholders and also your organisation’s decision-making processes. The Water Control Room uses collaborative modelling to design tailored workflows and strengthen stakeholder participation and ownership. Co-creation is a key element of this interactive and iterative approach, which combines stakeholder engagement with analytical modelling, visualisation and communication tools.

Collaborative modelling means:
• Understanding the water system, organisation and context
• Recognising information needs and user requirements
• Transparency and consensus in decision-making processes
• Acceptance and ownership of the system and approach
• Improved stakeholder relations

STEP 2: Use Delft-FEWS to structure your data streams and models

Delft-FEWS comprises a sophisticated set of configurable modules for building a hydrological forecasting system customised to your organisation’s specific requirements. The second step, therefore, is to create a dedicated Delft-FEWS configuration for your area of interest and to integrate your historical observations, external forecast data and model simulations.

You can use the Delft-FEWS modules to import your relevant data efficiently and to define workflows for centrally managing your data. You can then set up a system for distributed or cloud computing and multiuser access.

Delft-FEWS allows you to:
• Handle wide-ranging datasets
• Ensure quality control and to process your data exactly the way you want
• Integrate your numerical models and scripts
• Apply advanced data assimilation techniques
• Disseminate and archive your forecasting information for analyses and evaluations

STEP 3: Configure your online HydroNET Water Control Room

Setting up your Delft-FEWS system means establishing a secure connection with HydroNET via advanced webservices. HydroNET offers a range of web-based tools so that you can configure customised reports, dashboards, alerts and story maps for staff and stakeholders.

HydroNET combines weather and water information from Delft-FEWS with your or other providers’ data. You can then add local knowledge about your water systems, preferences, priorities and stakeholders. HydroNET will use these data to generate enhanced warnings, forecasts and overviews of your water system that automatically combine all the information and knowledge collected.

These dashboards and reports:
• are tailored to your needs and in a format enabling you to take well-informed, transparent and accountable decisions
• can be easily shared online with your stakeholders and community