Our ambition is to contribute to future-proof and sustainable integrated water management. By assisting in making smart choices today, we ensure that water managers are ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

At Nelen and Schuurmans we look at things a little differently when it comes to water. Using a systems-thinking and innovation approach for complex issues, we combine the principles of Integrated Water Management and meet it with the digital age of analytics. We love crunching data, be it geospatial, temporal, remotely sensed, modeled, measured, from a farm, a phone or an existing database to create tailored solutions. This allows us the flexibility to address some of the most challenging and interconnected water issues, related to climate change, new policy and regulations, in the digital transformation era, using the best available data and methods.

Due to the effects of climate change for example, the incidence and magnitude of water-related issues, such as flooding, drought and the availability of fresh and clean water, increases. At the same time cities expand and are often densely populated, have a high economic value, and come with their own infrastructural and urban challenges. Therefore, coming up with a flood management system must consider all of these dynamic elements. Where and how do you prioritize your flood defenses, what kind of real-time monitoring is necessary? Finding answers to these type of questions is our day-to-day job.

The business unit, Integrated Water Management, enables a variety of clients, be it governmental organizations, NGOs or the private sector to gain insights into water systems. We communicate this information through interactive models and tools, information services, concise reports, ArcGIS storymaps, graphs, infographics, dashboards, in an understandable way. We are a reliable partner for water boards, provinces and other water managers. With broad international knowledge, best-in-class technology and experience partnering with public and private parties.

Water Management is Information Management 
With the challenging world around us, we want to make a difference in our daily work. Together with our core water knowledge, in the IT domain and our experience in the field, our consultants give the best advice regarding water-related issues. Challenges on different scales from the national, catchment to the street level, and on different geographical typologies. Coping with water-related challenges and finding solutions starts with gaining the best insights. Using the latest science-based knowledge, IT developments and increasing availability of data, these insights are getting better and better. For water management this is good news, because: Water management is Information management.

Cases

Dam and Dike Monitor in Vietnam

The Dam and Dike Monitor (DDM) is an innovative tool that aims at providing better information (in near real time) for dam and dike maintenance and flood management. An on-line interface is provided to the users showing the actual risks of dam and dike failures, based on dam and dike monitoring techniques and flood forecasting.

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ESA – Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD)

The EO4SD program is an international effort to support global sustainable development through Earth Observation for agriculture. Using our Lizard Datawarehouse platform we have made 240 GB of datasets available for countries and regions at different spatial resolutions.

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Sat4Rice – Geo Information Service for Vietnamese Rice Farmers

In the Sat4Rice project we assist smallholder farmers across the Mekong delta in the production of rice. We have developed a geo-information service that combines satellite data, geodata and field data that enables farmers to take better decisions. This results in a more efficient and sustainable production process.

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