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Rain for Climate - Webinar No.1 part 1

 

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Rain for Climate - Webinar No.2 part 1

Rain for Climate - Webinar No.2 part 2 Q&A

 

‘AC breakdown’ by Katarina Zackova

Documentary on the impact of water on climate by Slovak journalist Ms. Zackova

Tufts University – ‘The New Water Reality’ lecture, October 16th, 2015

TEDx Bratislava

Water is life talk

Proof-of-concept locations

Here you will find sample locations where our solutions were implemented.
Many projects have already been realized – we are going to post them here once the data is processed and ready for display.

Europe

Lake and rain fountain on Technical University Zvolen

Location: Slovakia, Zvolen

 GPS coordinates: 48.3418, 19.0704

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Parameters: Lake and fountain filled with rainwater from the roof (3500 m2)

Implementation: Rainwater flows from the hall roof of the Technical University (3500 m2) to the underground reservoirs and especially to the rainforest. Accumulated rainwater from the reservoirs is pumped to the ornamental pond spring and to the dynamic fountain. The fountain is transitory and children often refresh themselves and run through variable water streams in summer heat.

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Belford Burn catchment

Location:

United Kingdom, Belfort, Northumberland

GPS coordinates:

55.5986067185,  -1.83175794041

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Parameters: Measures to attenuate runoff were installed in the small Belford catchment, in northeast England, in order to reduce the risk of flooding to the village downstream. The installations involved a network of small measures to capture and delay runoff from the rural catchment, including detention basins and overland flow features, as well as sediment capture measures to improve water quality.

Prior to implementation: Following a number of recent severe flood events across the North East of England, the Environment Agency (EA) have been working with Newcastle University (NU) to develop a number of small scale, low cost soft engineered flood reduction schemes. These schemes are designed to store/attenuate rapid runoff in small rural catchments (<10km2) during flood events.

After Implementation: Together Newcastle and Royal Haskoning have assessed the impact of the Belford approach to managing flood hazard in small rapidly responding catchments. It has been demonstrated that reductions in peak flows can be achieved through storage/attenuation management. For a hypothetical pond network providing 19,250 m3 of storage, the peak flow reduction is estimated to be between 15-30% . 

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Slovakia, Landscape revitalisation and integrated river basin management programme

Location: Slovakia, multiple places

GPS coordinates: various

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Parameters: landscape revitalization of over 25 000 ha (62 000 ac)

Prior to implementation: The program scope included over of 500 projects with a budget of 42 mil EUR. The implementations included over 100,000 natural water retention measures holding over 10 million m3 of water.
Many of the villages were at significant risk of floods.

After implementation: Even 10 year after the implementations are the water retention measures still functioning properly and significantly help to reduce the risk of floods while supporting the revitalization of the surrounding areas.

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Slovakia, Slovak savings bank water forest

Location: High Tatras mountains, Slovakia

GPS coordinates: 49.142044, 20.229594

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Parameters: 40 ha (100 ac) of the park forest devastated by a wind storm.

Prior to implementation: The implementation was done in assistance of thousands of volunteers on a vast area of national park ravaged by natural disaster. All the activities were sponsored by the Slovak savings bank.


After implementation: The forest is making a remarkable recovery in the areas with water retention measures implemented, compared to the not revitalized areas.

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Asia

South Korea, Concave green roof as Water-Energy-Food Nexus at Seoul National University

Location: Seoul National University Building No 35

GPS coordinates: 37.456398, 126.952150

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Parameters: Concave green roof is in the area of 840 m2 of the total 2000 m2 rooftop area; water retention measures volume is 150m3.

Prior to implementation: A normal flat concrete rooftop where all the rainwater was directed to the downpipe and connected to the nearby sewer system. As a result, there was an increased risk of flooding at downstream neighbors and the temperature rises up to 50 C at the surface of rooftop during summer months.

After implementation: Concave green roof is composed of 420 m2 of the flower garden, 100m2 of the fish pond and 320 m2 of vegetable garden. This place became a very friendly and beautiful gathering place with the Water-Energy-Food nexus. Green roof community formed and holds several events annually – such as potato harvesting, Kimchi making, etc.

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Popular literature

Scientific publications

The role of water and vegetation in the distribution on solar energy and local climate: a review

Authors: Jan Pokorný, Hanna Huryna, Petra Hesslerová, Vladimír Jirka - Czech - 2016 - 16.pgs

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The New Water Paradigm, human capabilities and strong sustainability

Authors: Justus Lodemann, Rafael Ziegler, Pavol Varga - ENGLISH - 2016 – 14 pgs.

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Forest clearing, water loss, and land surface heating as development costs

Authors: Petra Hesslerová, Jan Pokorny  - ENGLISH - 2010 - 18 pgs.

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Trees, forests and water: Cool insights for hot world

Authors: David Ellison, Cindy E. Morris, Bruno Locatelli and Team of authors - ENGLISH - 2017- 11 pgs.

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Clearing Forests May Transform Local- and Global-Climate

Authors: Judith D Schwartz- ENGLISH - 2013

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The Biotopic Pump: Condensation, atmospheric dynamics and climate

Authors: Anastassia M. Makerieva, Victor G. Gorshkov - ENGLISH - 2010 - 21 pgs.

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The importance of wetlands in energy balance of an agricultural landscape

Authors: Hanna Huryna, Jakub Brom, Jan Pokorný - ENGLISH - 2013- 21 pgs.

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Origin of the water vapour responsible for European extreme rainfalls of August 2002: 1. High-resolution simulations and tracking of air masses

Autors: Gangoiti, Sáez de Cámara, Alonso, Navazo, Gómez, Iza, García, Ilardia, Millán -  ENGLISH - 2011 - 18 pgs.

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Origin of the water vapour responsible for European extreme rainfalls of August 2002: 2. A new methodology to evaluate evaporative moisture sources, applied to the August 11-13 central European rainfall episode

Autors: Gangoiti, Sáez de Cámara, Alonso, Navazo, Gómez-Domenech, Iza, García, Ilardia, Millán -  ENGLISH - 2011 - 16 pgs.

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Evapotranspiration - A Driving Force in Landscape Sustainability

Authors: Martina Eiseltová, Jan Pokorný, Petra Hesslerová, Wilhelm Ripl - ENGLISH - 2012 – 24 pgs.

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There’s another story to tell about climate change. And it starts with water

Author: Judith D Schwartz

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Compositional Heterogeneity of Hailstones: Atmospheric Conditions and Possible Environmental Implications

Authors: Millán, N. Garcia, López-Vera, Delgado, R. García, Rodríguez-Losada, Reyes, Martin Rubí, Gómez-Coedo - ENGLISH - 2001 - 3 pgs.

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Indirect and Direct Thermodynamic Effects of Wetland Ecosystems on Climate

Autori: Jan Pokorný, Petra Hesslerová, Hanna Huryna, David Harper - Czech - 2017 - 18 pgs.

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Daily dynamics of radiation surface temperature of different land cover types in a temperature cultural landscape: Consequences for the local climate

Authors: Petra Hesslerová, Jan Pokorný, Jakub Brom, Alžbeta Rejšková - Procházková - ENGLISH - 2013 - 10 pgs

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Solar energy dissipation and temperature control by water and plants

Authors: Jan Pokorný, Jakub Brom, Jan Čermák, Petra Hesslerová, Hanna Huryna, Nadia Nadezhdina, Alžbeta Rejšková - ENGLISH - 2010 - 26 pgs.

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