Exchanging Knowledge in the Everglades Students from the Hydroinformatics and Flood Risk Management specializations of the Water Science and Eng...

Exchanging Knowledge in the Everglades Students from the Hydroinformatics and Flood Risk Management specializations of the Water Science and Eng...Exchanging Knowledge in the Everglades Students from the Hydroinformatics and Flood Risk Management specializations of the Water Science and Engineering programme recently visited Florida, USA, on their annual international field trip. The locations included the University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability, the South Florida Water Management District in West-Palm Beach, and the U.S. Geological Survey in Fort Lauderdale. IN PRACTICE The students were welcomed and briefed by enthusiastic and high quality speakers on integrated water management for water supply, agriculture, flood control, and environmental flows to preserve economically important estuary fish habitats and the unique Everglades ecosystem. Furthermore, they gained an understanding of how modeling and information systems are used in practice through various field visits to Babcock Range, Kissimmee River and Everglades National Park. GLOBAL The programme for this international field trip has been carried out annually for the past eight years by the Florida Earth Foundation, under the leadership of Executive Director Stan Bronson. Through international education and exchange programmes the Foundation aims to share experiences gained to improve the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan and exchange knowledge with water professionals from the Netherlands. The exchange programme with UNESCO-IHE brings knowledge exchange to a global level. This year’s visiting group of students consisted of 23 different nationalities. The fieldtrip is hosted and co-sponsored by Florida Earth Foundation, US Geophysical Survey, University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability, and the South Florida Water Management District. More information E-mail: s.vanandel@unesco-ihe.org