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Earth Observation Research Cluster

Fifth CAWa Summer School (2018)


The Summer School introduced innovative methods and tools for the analysis and monitoring of water and land resources in Central Asia. These methods are of great value in integrated water and land resource management.

The 2-week summer school combined theoretical lectures and practical exercises with discussion sessions on the implementation of new methods and instruments for managing water and land resources in Central Asia. The program included an in-depth introduction to geographic information systems (GIS), an overview of remote sensing applications for water and land resource monitoring, an introduction to climatological data analysis, and an introduction to glaciology.



The participants of the Summer School were composed of 23 dedicated students as well as young professionals and researchers with interest in geoscientific tools for Integrated Water and Land Resources Management and its practical implementation, from the Central Asian countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, as well as Afghanistan. The participants were selected on the basis of their application documents (motivation letter, curriculum vitae, prior knowledge).



  • CAWa Project “Regional Research Network Water in Central Asia” funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany

  • German-Kazakh University, Master program “Integrated Water Resources Management”, Almaty, Kazakhstan

  • University of Wuerzburg, Institute for Geography and Geology, Department of Remote Sensing, Wuerzburg, Germany

  • Helmholtz Centre Potsdam, GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Hydrology Section, Potsdam, Germany


In Cooperation with

  • Institute of Geography, Almaty, Kazakhstan

  • “Kazahkstan Gharysh Sapary” (National space agency), Astana, Kazakhstan

This activity is part of the German Water Initiative directed by Central Asia's "Berlin Process" OSCE Program Office in Astana, Kazakhstan