Project Monitoring Network

Sustainability

In a world where only quick results count it is the essential and urgent to start this work

This project requires continuous work over many years. Measurement series over at least five years, or even better ten years, have to be analysed so that precise and convincing results are available. Statistical safety is increasing year after year.

Technical Sustainability

Data Transmission via Satellite

The measuring network works with data transmission via satellite that guarantees that recording errors will be identified faster than usual. Thanks to hourly transmission, a breakdown of a gauging station can be quickly identified.

A validity check is made for all incoming data. If they do not seem plausible the staff on site will be asked to examine the respective gauging stations. To avoid that data is not transmitted because there are too few satellites available for the GPS, data are transmitted with a redundancy of one hour. Thus, a reliability of data transmission of more than 99.5 % is achieved.

Traditional measuring stations record the data analogously on paper strips or digitally.

These data are evaluated only once a month (or in maintenance or control cycle). Therefore, faulty devices and sensors lead to data loss of up to one month.

The operation of the measuring network will continue even in times of war or periods of crisis, since data are transferred via satellite. Data from gauging stations that are out of order can be reconstructed to a large extent by statistical methods.

Financial Sustainability

Blowing less money

Development cooperation organisations and their partners can buy necessary statistical facts and figures as well as analysis results for their projects.
By buying these figures, project planners will save a lot of time and money that would have been invested otherwise for obtaining data on the spot. Thus, costs for flights, accommodation, food and transport no longer incur.
Data are sometimes missing completely and the efforts to find these data often prove to be in vain. In this case, the only way is to set up an own gauging station at short notice before the start of the project, which requires high financial costs and will not provide reliable data due to short term notice.

Our products like precipitation data, collection of rainfall data, run-off data, evaporation data, isohyets and recurrence interval data, to list only a few, provide higher planning security and lasting project successes in spite of lower financial means and less time.

Comparable measured values based on long periods of observation will serve as a basis.

With sustainable projects, follow-up costs decrease. The saved costs can thus be invested in further projects.

The economical situation of countries in which such a measuring network is set up and operated will improve on the medium or long term. These countries will then be able to raise financial means to operate the measuring network themselves.

As soon as the economical situation improves, sponsors (such as UNO, EU, developed countries) will have to finance less economic aid programmes.
Further positive side effects are e.g.

  • Avoiding wars for water
  • Less people will have to leave their home town
Ecological Sustainability

Stop Desertification

If precise knowledge about water resources is available for new project planning, negative consequences for the environment can be avoided. Examples for negative consequences are decreasing of the ground water levels, dying of vegetation and the extension of deserts. Moreover, it is possible to make over salted infertile soil fertile again through leaching with water, if evaporation is known. For new technologies such as Alpha-Spring that are based on sorption, favourable locations for water extraction in dry areas can be found by using the collected data.

This water can be used for

  • desalination of over salted soils
  • irrigation of fields
  • water supply for the population

Through water extraction by means of Alpha-Spring ground water levels will rise again in the areas in question. Such projects will have no negative effects on nature or ecology. It rather enables a sustainable management of water resources. However, as a first step, meteorological data is needed to find favourable locations.

Sociacultural Sustainability

Agriculture

Active planning is possible with reliable hydro-meteorological data. Sustainable water management can permanently preserve areas that are used griculturally. It is possible to counteract to sinking ground water levels so that these areas will recover. Salinisation can be avoided by sufficient irrigation, too. Well-planned resource management and careful irrigation technology will increase the crops. Thus, migration to cities will decrease, and with it the development of slums because matured structures of rural populations are maintained.

Wells

If the construction of wells is based on secured parameters of water balance, especially women and children will profit on the long term because drying up of wells will be unlikely. Long ways to the next well will no longer occur. Less time will be needed to fetch water, an activity that is often laborious or even dangerous.

This means that especially girls and women will have more time for school and learning, which will enable them to get better education. Education is the country’s capital, for it improves productivity; and national economy will profit from it as well.