African Dams Project (ADAPT)
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Adapt planning and operation of large dams to social needs and environmental constraints - an integrated water resource management study in the Zambezi Basin
goal of the interdisciplinary ADAPT project is to enhance the scientific basis
of integrated water resource management (IWRM) by developing new models that
can be used to improve the operation of existing large hydraulic structures and
in designing future schemes. These models will incorporate new concepts of
multi-objective optimization and real-time control. The approach will be
calibrated with novel data resources and used to investigate the large reservoirs
and wetlands in the Zambezi
River Basin, but will be
readily adaptable to other complex river basin systems.
Together with African partner institutions,
the ADAPT project will:
- strengthen the interdisciplinary science of IWRM through new remote
sensing technologies, analytical techniques, biogeochemical characterizations,
policy analysis, numerical models, and quantitative integration/optimization in
the framework of complex system analysis; and
- engage in a capacity building effort by exchanges and joint
supervision of students, training activities in African partner countries, and
systematic involvement of governmental agencies and NGOs in the research
ADAPT project is organized into two modules ADAPT Schematic PDF
- Module 1 is structured into seven clearly defined research activities that will
produce field data, concepts and numerical models that are indispensable for a
science-based approach to integrated water resource management.
- Module 2 concentrates on interdisciplinary integration of research results that
emerge from Module 1, and on the science – policy interface. Module 2 relies
heavily on systematic interaction with stakeholders and policy-makers in the
ZRB and includes an important capacity building effort through exchanges and
joint supervision of students, training activities in African partner countries,
and systematic involvement of governmental agencies and NGOs in the research
Project collaborators: B. Wehrli (ETH, Eawag), T. Bernauer (ETH) W. Kinzelbach (ETH), P. Edwards (ETH), A. Schleiss (EPFL), A Wüest (Eawag), D. Senn (ETH, Eawag).
- Prof. Nyambe "School of Mines and Integrated Water Ressources Management Centre at the University of Zambia (UNZA)
- Zambezi River Authority (ZRA). Binational organization that owns, monitors, operates and maintains Kariba dam and reservoir on behalf of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Zambia Electric Supply Company (ZESCO). Zambia's largest power supplier running several hydropower stations.
Wildlife Authority (ZAWA)
- Ministry of Energy and Water. Aims at developing, articulating, and implementing water policy for Zambia.