Stepping up monitoring and data processing in Jordan

March 20, 2017 | By Valerio Ponzo

The Second Training on Water Monitoring and Data Processing in Jordan was held on March 12-15 in Amman in the framework of the WATER SUM project's WaterPOrT component, with field exercises taking place near the Dead Sea at Wadi Shueib. The training focused on building practical experience related to the monitoring of surface water and groundwater. The event was organised as a continuation of the first water monitoring training, held in October 2016.

Covering the main aspects of the monitoring of surface water and groundwater quality and quantity, the agenda was tailored towards building the capacities of water authorities, practitioners and other stakeholders in Jordan.

During the first day of the training, participants practised taking hydrological measurements in rivers and reservoirs, using equipment kindly provided by the Jordanian Ministry of Waters and Irrigation. Mr. Luis de Celis and Mr. Jesus Pernas demonstrated how to use the equipment. The focus of the second day was on hydraulic data analysis, processing and reporting for water management purposes.

The training continued with field exercises on physico-chemical and biological monitoring, and explored different approaches and indicators to establish the quality of surface waters. The participants practised field sampling in streams in Wadi Shueib and standing waters at Shueib Dam, guided by Ms. Romina Alvarez. The field monitoring data were used on the fourth day of the training to demonstrate analysis and reporting on water quality status.

Besides the training topics, the workshop also provided valuable feedback on the needs for further capacity building for experts at Jordanian water institutions. Topics of particular interest for participants were identified as follows:

  • hydrology, including methods of calculation and interpretation of water discharge data;
  • effective water quality monitoring, including biological indicators in combination with standard physico-chemical parameters; and
  • remote sensing approaches that are complementary to in situ monitoring.

Click here to read about the training in Tunisia.

TAGS: WATER SUM | Jordan | MENA region | Water management | Data analysis | Knowledge transfer | Experience exchange