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Support & Training

During the first phase of the project (1995-2000), various activities have been conducted in order to support the activities of the national services of the partner countries through the supply of equipment (data collecting platforms and computers) and to strengthen the competencies of their technical staff through the organisation of training sessions.

1.Support

To support the installation of DCPs, experts from participating countries have carried out missions to help national technicians in these activities: in particular experts from Croatia, Romania and Slovenia have carried out missions to FYR Macedonia, Jordan and Bosnia and Herzegovina respectively.

In order to support the activities of the partner countries in the MED-HYCOS Project, the hydrological services of Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Lebanon, FYR Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Palestinian Authority (eligible countries) have been equipped with a complete computer equipment composed of:

  • a computer (400 MHz, 4 GB hard disc, 64 MB RAM) with a 17 inch screen
  • a printer, a scanner, a modem, and a Iomega Zip writer/reader
  • software assortment: Pack Office, Map Info, Corel Draw

2. Training

2.1 Phase I - 1995-2000

 

Training sessions have been organised with professional staff from all the participating countries in the field of data acquisition, processing and dissemination in Toulouse (France - September 1996), in Metkovic (Croatia - May 1997).

From 1998 to 2000, 7 experts from various participating countries (Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia) have spent periods up to 24 months in the PRC, participating in the development of the MED-HYCOS Information System (Oracle Regional database interfaced with Internet and related tools).

Experts from 9 participating countries attended a training course organised by IRD on March-April 1999 on New Technologies used in Hydrology (English speaking). Experts from 4 participating countries attended a similar training course on September-October 2000 (French speaking).

A training session on Digital Elevation Model have been carried out with the participation of the Centre of Water and Environment of Beirut (Beirut - Lebanon - June 1999).

A training session Application of Med-Hycos Tools to National Databases (MED-MAP, MED-DAT, and MED-CLIM developed in the Pilot Regional Centre) was held in Montpellier (France - October 2000) with the participation of experts coming from 12 partner countries. (Here is the Photo Album)

A guideline on the "Acquisition and Achievement of Baseline Hydrological Data" has been elaborated by IRD and published with the support of the Technical University of Construction of Bucharest (Romania). A "Hydrometry Quality Chart - Guide to Good Practices" has been published with the support of the French Ministry of Environment.

Some students have had their training period in PRC - MED-HYCOS.

2.2 Training activities planned in phase II - 2001-2004

 

Training courses will be organised to transfer the MED-HYCOS tools (MED-HYCOS Information System) from regional level to national levels. These training courses will address the following topics:

  • Hydrometry and hydrological data acquisition
  • Hydrological data processing and management
  • Internet technologies and data dissemination
  • Geographical Information System
  • Digital elevation models
  • Remote sensing data

The training courses will be organised in the Pilot Regional Centre and in Sub-regional centres which could provide necessary facilities (rooms, computers, etc.). Teachers will be selected among the experts of the partners countries according their skills in the concerned fields.

Training material will be available for all the project partners in the framework of the organisation of the training sessions and of self training in co-operation with organisations involved in this type of activities.

The proposed content of the training courses will be as following.

2.2.1 Hydrometry and data acquisition

 

  • Location of hydrometric stations
  • Limnimetric and data loggers
  • Discharges measurement
  • Calibration of rating curves
  • Data transmission
  • Levelling survey
  • Bathymetry

2.2.2 Data processing and management.

 

  • General information
  • Definition and purpose of databases;
  • Structuring and accessing a hydrological database;
  • ORACLE database, main features, use
  • MS Access database, main features, use
  • MED-DAT : Data management tool, general presentation, features, use
  • MED-CLIM : climatic viewer, general presentation, features, use
  • Creating a national database based on MED-HYCOS database and tools.

2.2.3 Internet technologies and data dissemination

 

  • General Information;
  • Overview of Internet languages: html, xml, vml, etc.;
  • Server and web site updating and management;
  • Web Sites technology, design and implementation;
  • CD-ROM bundle;
  • Creating a national web site and CD-ROM;

2.2.4 Geographical Information Systems

 

  • General Information on GIS;
  • Application of GIS technology to hydrology;
  • MAP-INFO: main features, use;
  • MED-HYCOS maps, creation and storage of the maps in the database;
  • MED-MAP: mapping tool: general presentation, features, use;
  • Creating a national cartographic database.

2.2.5 Digital Elevation Models

 

  • General Information on DEM;
  • Application of DEM to hydrology;
  • DEMIURGE and NTT software use;
  • Catchments of the Mediterranean area.

2.2.6 Remote Sensing Data Use

 

  • General Information on RSD;
  • Application of RDS to hydrology and Mediterranean region.