HydroSHEDS (Hydrological data and maps based on SHuttle Elevation Derivatives at multiple Scales) is the first globally consistent hydrographic dataset derived from the NASA SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission), and was developed and published by WWF (Lehner et al., 2008). This dataset allows for analysis of basins and sub-basins around the world at previously unimaginable scales and precision. In this seminar we will present a series of applications of HydroSHEDS data and discuss its benefits in large scale conservation and development planning and decision making. Two cases that we will discuss in particular are the evaluation of large scale dam impacts in the Tapajos Basin, Brazil, and national level water resource conservation planning in Mexico.
Dr. Bart Wickel is lead hydrologist with World Wildlife Fund, based in Washington DC, and responsible for the development of tools and methods which evaluate climate change vulnerability and support climate adaptive conservation and development approaches. Jointly with WWF Mexico and other regions (Amazon, Mekong, East Africa) he and the freshwater science team are developing spatial tools and innovative approaches to conserve freshwater ecosystems. Before working with WWF he obtained his MSc from the Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, his PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany (Magna cum laude), and has held research and technical development positions affiliated with the US Department of Agriculture (USA), EMBRAPA-CPATU (Amazonian Agricultural Research Service, Brazil) and CONABIO (Commission for Biodiversity, Mexico).