Interview with Ing. Jan Uhlík, Ph.D., hydrogeologist at PROGEO, s. r. o., on the topic of low precipitation, warming and climate.
Evaporation from the free surface is one of the basic elements of the hydrological balance. Its average value has been changing over the years due to the progressive climate change, as is the case with other elements of the hydrological balance.
The INSPIRE Directive is a term that has been declining in the last decade in connection with spatially localized data, so-called geodata, including hydrological data. The full title of the European Parliament and Council Directive of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) primarily addresses the availability, quality, organization, access and sharing of spatial information.
On May 22, 2019, TGM Water Research Institute, p.r.i., organized a workshop on Water Footprint. The expert guarantor was Ing. Libor Ansorge, Ph.D. The workshop was attended by nine domestic and foreign experts dealing with water footprint assessment (WF).
On June 20, 2019, the premises of the TGM Water Research Institute on the occasion of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of its foundation, were opened to the general public as part of the Open Day, both at the Prague and at the Brno and Ostrava branches.
Water quality of the Prague’s streams. Part 2: tributaries to the Šeberák pond and to the Hostivař reservoir
The possibility of a recreational use of some of the Prague reservoirs is limited mainly by the quality of the tributaries. The article follows the previous one and sums up the results of the water quality monitoring in selected profiles of the tributaries of the Šeberák pond (the Vestecký and the Kunratický streams) and of the Hostivař dam (the Botič and the Pitkovický streams) during 2018.
Topographic data play an important role in the hydrodynamic modelling of flood events. An accurate and precise digital elevation model (DEM) with a bathymetric description of the river channel is often required. DEMs can be derived from various data sources, e.g. ground surveying or remote sensing techniques.
Runoff generation monitoring on the hillslopes of Jizera and Šumava Mountains using tracing experiments for MIPs model
The contribution presents experiments with artificial rainfall and a tracer in the Jizera Mountains which are indispensable for hillslope modelling with MIPs (Multiple Interacting Pathways ). Experiments on 2 hillslopes in the Lužická Nisa catchment in the Jizera Mountains and on one hillslope in the Šumava Mountains are described in detail.
Biowaste or waste subject to the anaerobic or aerobic decomposition has become a problematic component of the municipal waste due to the use of green spaces, especially in the large cities with a high population density.
Interview with Ole Frijs-Madsen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark to the Czech Republic on the subject of drinking water, water prices in Denmark and much more.
Biochar has a wide range of applications in the field of water technology, not only as part of the technological solution for water purification and treatment, but also as a material produced from waste products of this technology. In the article we consider the perspective of this application and the possibility and need for its research.
On March 28, 2019, the Czech Science and Technology Water Management Society and the Czech Limnological Society held a discussion forum on Novotný lávka in Prague, the topic of which was “Water Management in the Landscape”.
The Water Research Institute of T. G. Masaryk, p.r.i., on behalf of its director, Ing. Tomáš Urban and the author of the exhibition RNDr. Tomáš Hrdinka, Ph.D., allows us to cordially invite you to a traveling exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of our institution.
On May 22, 2019 Water Research Institute TG Masaryk v. V. I., In Prague organized a workshop complex domestic and foreign experts dealing with the issue of assessing the water footprint.
This paper introduces an initial effort at a systematic approach to the typology of elevated water tanks for the purpose of solving the research project Elevated water tanks – identification, documentation, presentation, new use. It builds on the previous definition of the terminology of the problem and the definition of the object of interest. From a typological point of view, elevated water tanks are seen as an integral part of larger technological units – water supply systems. In the framework of the basic division, the typology of elevated water tanks is based on the selection of parameters – the building situation of the tower reservoirs in relation to other objects, the function of elevated water tanks, the supporting structure, the shape and material of the accumulation tank, the number of tanks and the purpose of the object.
Results of water quality observation in the selected profiles on the Motolský and Litovický streams during the year 2018 are presented. Monitoring of water quality parameters was focused mainly on the nutrients content (nitrogen and phosphorus), chlorophyll-a concentrations and on the phytoplankton and zooplankton species composition.
Determination of the extent of soil unprotected by vegetation in the period of rainstorms to assess erosion risk
The article describes the method, the source data, and the results of analyses of bare soil by remote sensing and its relation to soil erosion risk. The method was tested on the parcels of AGRA Řisuty, s. r. o. Data from the satellites Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2 were used for detecting the presence of vegetation cover on each parcel.
Assessment of changes of long-term flow characteristics for the period 2001–2015 over the reference period 1961–2000 in selected Slovak gauging stations
The period 2000 to 2015 is a period in which we have observed significant differences and extremes in the hydrological regime of Slovak flows. The Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, in the framework of its tasks, processes a comprehensive assessment of hydrological characteristics focused on drought assessment.
The database of water resources protection zones (OPVZ) was established at the T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute, p.r.i., approximately in 2004. In the following years, a number of partial updates took place.
Interview with Ing. Tomáš Urban, Director of the TGM Water Research Institute, p.r.i., on his position as Director of the Water Research Institute, the National Drought Coalition and much more.
In June 2019 on the Danube Day will start the biggest international river expedition of the year Joint Danube Survey 4 (JDS4). Joint Danube Surveys are organised by Secretariat of the the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) Three Joint Danube Surveys were previously conducted in 2001, 2007, and 2013.
Climate change in dryas and at the beginning of the Holocene – rise in ocean levels and its impact on the migration of civilizations in the Middle East and the Indian Ocean
Today’s history or archeology is nowadays a highly developed field that that has long since surpassed during the twentieth century, its original, rather humanities, focus – at a deeper acquaintance with a number of published articles or monographs, however, you can find a deficit in relation to the relatively recent findings from climate change history.
Czech-Danish Water Days 2019 contributed to the development of further cooperation between Czech and Danish institutions and companies. Nine Danish companies, along with a representative of the Danish Water Technology Group, bringing together more than 600 Danish companies offering water management solutions, attended these days from 18 to 20 March.
On 18.–20. March 2019 the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark organizes Czech-Danish Water Days 2019. The aim is to open a dialogue between the Czech and Danish actors on reducing the consumption of water and other water management challenges in industrial production, but also in the public sector.
Possibilities of using old topographic maps from the years 1763–1768 for evaluating the development of water bodies and the potential for their renewal
Potential of water areas restoration is a hot topic in present landscape planning. The focus is usually on water areas from mid-19th century where their location is quite good due to maps’ positional accuracy. Yet, we can also use older Austrian military survey from 1763–1768, which enables us to locate dams of water areas and assess potential for restoration of these areas.
Pay it forward – Alias from which is the Průhonice Park producing biomass of cyanobacteria for the Hostivař water reservoir?
The UNESCO World Heritage Site – Průhonice Park is visited by hundreds of thousands of people annually. The view of the park ponds, however, has been immaculate in the past five years because it is covered by a continuous layer of cyanobacteria forming a water bloom.
High eutrophication is the main factor that has recently disabled the Jordán water reservoir for water supply and recreational purposes. Large-scale dredging of sediments was done between years 2011 and 2014. Thereafter a complex monitoring of water quality has been initiated since 2015.
In this article, water quality and the assessment of anthropogenic pollution in sediments of the middle course of the Elbe River oxbow lakes Kozelská and Vrť were studied. It is widely accepted that the oxbow lakes are extremely significant ecosystems. However, a large amount of contaminated material may deposit in these lakes. The research of lake Kozelská was chosen especially to its proximity to the chemical factory Spolana in Neratovice, which used to be the biggest source of pollution of the Elbe River.
Ponds shape the landscape in many places in the Czech Republic, and in some areas they are even the dominant landscape element. The most famous current fishpond area is undoubtedly Třeboňsko, but we can find other important systems.
The Ponds Conference is traditionally held in June and is organized as a two-day event with evening informal sitting planned for the first evening. The first day focuses on the overall issue of ponds and provides a wide range of views on these important landscape features.
Interview with the hydrobiologist RNDr. Jindřich Duras, Ph.D., Chairman of the Czech Phosphor Platform, s., Member of the Committee of the Czech Limnological Society.
Information about the ČVTVHS seminar The current problems of small water reservoirs and protective dams on the streams
The issue of construction, operation and repairs of small water reservoirs (including dry tanks) and flood protection dams is constantly updated in our country, regardless of the current hydrological conditions, ie not only for the extreme periods of floods and droughts of recent years.
Water towers – research project mapping the development and a form of tower water reservoirs on our territory
The paper presents a summary of input information about the research project Water towers – identification, documentation, presentation, new use. It deals with the development of tower water reservoirs in the present territory of the Czech Republic from the beginning of their creation to the present.
Information and communication technologies are currently one of the decisive factors influencing economic and social development. Similar developments and trends in relation to information and communication technologies can be observed in the field of water management.
The paper outlines the possibilities of selected environmental assessment methods. Its aim is to highlight the growing need to devote to this integral science discipline more in the Czech Republic as well.
This article aims to present to the general public the results of the assessment of the ecological status/potential and chemical status of surface water bodies categories “river“ and “lake“ for the period 2013 to 2015 in the Czech Republic. The assessment was carried out in 2017 by the Water Research Institute of T. G. Masaryk, p. r. i.
Determination of soil loss from erosion rills by method of digital photogrammetry and method of volumetric quantification
This article presents the first results of the research focused on the recording of rill erosion, and its evaluation using the outputs of the two methods that can be used to determine the soil yield. The consequences of erosion have been documented on a selected pilot site, both as a direct method of volume quantification (using an profile meter – so called soil erosion bridge) and with the use of unmanned aircraft in close-up photogrammetry (UAV).
Water elements represent a significant part of the environment of cultural heritage sites, conservation zones and areas. To fulfil the required functions, which may include social, historical, recreational and educational, but also environmental functions; it is necessary to ensure their corresponding target state.
Interview with prominent Czech hydrotechnician prof. Ing. Vojtěch Brož, DrSc., about his career in the field of water management, his view on contemporary water works and their creation, etc.
A hundred years of the work of the Forestry Kingdom on the Upper Elbe as a commemoration in the celebration of the great anniversary of the establishment of independent Czechoslovakia
For many it is the most beautiful dam in our country, with unique romantic elements on the crown. It is listed in the list of national cultural monuments of the Czech Republic under the somewhat special name of Vodní elektrárna – dam of the Kingdom of the Kingdom in Bílá Třemešná, although this is probably not a part of the hydropower plant itself.