MOXXI 2017

Innovation in Hydrometry – from ideas to operation

IAHS Measurements and Observations in the XXI Century (MOXXI) and WMO HydroHub joint meeting 2017

The workshop will be held in Geneva at WMO headquarters on December 4th and 5th


Sensing the hydrological cycle is key to understand natural processes. However, the monitoring systems currently operated by National Hydrological Services are very expensive to install and maintain. Too expensive for some applications, such as capacity development efforts in low-income countries.  Limited budgets in developing countries but also shrinking budgets in developed countries put pressure on manufacturers and customers of hydrometry equipment to find more cost-effective solutions. MOXXI and HydroHub jointly address the need for increased data quality, spatial/temporal resolution and availability of hydrological observations by resorting to innovation and multidisciplinary.

WMO HydroHub (Global Hydrometry Support Facility) was specifically designed to build operational systems and capacity in hydrometry and water monitoring; expand the base of hydrological data and data exchange capabilities; and promote free and open data sharing. Its objectives include providing a framework to develop and implement innovative operational tools for water monitoring and information systems through calls for novel hydrometric designs and coordination with ongoing projects and donors, including testing and implementation of new monitoring technology and methodology in field projects. The ultimate goal is to integrate innovative approaches to the traditional hydrometry, in order to gain efficacy and sustainability in the water monitoring process. This includes as well the development of adequate standards and quality management practices.

This IAHS MOXXI and WMO HydroHub joint workshop will create a focal point among MOXXI scientists and the WMO community to:

- stimulate discussion for future integration and implementation of innovative measurement approaches in hydrology;

- share and disseminate research findings among the MOXXI community;

- identify key observational gaps, methodological issues, and research needs that may benefit from the innovative and interdisciplinary MOXXI approach.

The meeting will bring together innovators and academia on one side, and experts in data management and assimilation from national hydro-meteorological services on the other side, to share experiences and facilitate the integration of new technologies into standard hydrological observing networks.

Contributions are welcome on innovative sensors, opportunistic observations, citizen sourced data, remote sensing, novel methods of data analysis, sensing networks, and innovative observations in all realms of Earth sciences. Particular attention will be given to data quality assessment towards the standardization of novel approaches.

Please submit an abstract (refer to the provided abstract template) by November, 15th to

There is no registration fee.

Click here for info on how to get to WMO and a list of nearby hotels.

The sessions will start early in the afternoon on Monday, 4th. The conference will last until lunch time on Tuesday, 5th.

To register as an observer, please send your affiliation details to by November, 15th.

The Conference PROGRAM is available HERE.


Session 1: Gauging floods     Back to the Future of stream gauging
J. Le Coz
Gauging Flash-Floods
K. Liechti, S. Boss, B. Fritschi, M. Zappa
S. Peña-Haro, B. Lüthi, T. Phillipe, T. Siegfried, L. Bošnjak
Operational vision-based hydrometry
W. Castaings, T. Barth, G.-M. Saulnier
LowCost 3D for Extreme Events
H. Sardemann, A. Eltner
Session 2: Satellite-based monitoring   Operational river monitoring from Sentinel-3 radar altimetry
C. M. M. Kittel, P. Bauer-Gottwein
Geophysical monitoring by new innovation space technology and interface
Y. Ozorovich, Y. Kontar, V. Santiago-Fandino, A. Fournier-Sicre, A. Ivanov, S. Klimov, P. Povinec
F. Zauli, F. Gattari
Session 3: Dealing with networks    TranscodX: A Generation of Full Stack Environmental Data
P. Celicourt, R. Sam, M. Piasecki
Quality control of UK hydrometric data
K. Muchan, C. Sefton, S. Turner
A software for hydrological analysis
M. Vargas, S. Beskow, T. Caldeira, L. Corrẽa
Livelo - Groundwater data logger
R. Baudoux, T. Wyss, R.-H- Li, V. Komplita, E. Migraine, Y. Rieckhoff
Session 4: Monitoring water stress   UAV-based remote sensing for tree responses to water stress
A. Harfouche, F. Tauro, R. Salvati, P. Ibba, A. Gay, G. Scarascia Mugnozza
Using IR to estimate water stress indicators
J. L. M. P. de Lima, M. M. Vargas, J. M. M. Gonçalves, I. P. de Lima, L. I.V. Santos, G. W. Nagel, J. R.C.B. Abrantes, M. Tudor
Monitoring large-scale pressurized irrigation system via surface energy balance
H. Awada, G. Ciraolo, A. Maltese, M. A. Moreno Hidalgo, G. Provenzano, F. Capodici, J. I. Còrcoles
Session 5: Rainfall monitoring   A novel view on rainfall measuring
A. Cagninei, F. Laio, A. Croci, R. Ricupero, P. Cavagnero, M. Ferrabone, P. Mazzoglio, P. Allamano
Rainfall monitoring using commercial microwave links
A. Overeem, H. Leijnse, R. Uijlenhoet
Mobile phone network for rainfall measurement in Africa
M. Turko, M. Gosset, F. Cazenave, N. Chahinian, C. Bouvier, M. Alcoba, J.-P. Bricquet
Session 6: Water quality and soil monitoring    Electrical conductivity and water quality in rivers
P. Benettin, A. Rinaldo, B. van Breukelen
 Infrared thermography in surface hydrology: Soil water repellency
J.R.C.B. Abrantes, J.L.M.P. de Lima, S.A. Prats, J.J. Keizer, A.A.A. Montenegro, M.I.P. de Lima
 IGRAC's Global Groundwater Monitoring Network and needs for new technology
C. Ruz Vargas, N. Kukuric
Session 7: Citizen science    Flood monitoring with social media, citizen observatory, wireless sensor network, and machine learning
E. M. Mendiondo, C. Restrepo-Estrada, M. C. Fava, S. C. Andrade, J. P. de Albuquerque, N. Abe, J. Ueyama, L. Degrossi, G. Furquim, G. Pessin
S. Etter, B. Strobl, I. van Meerveld, J. Seibert
Contribution of citizen science in flood hazard assessment
B. Sy, C. Frischknecht, H. Dao, D. Consuegra, G. Giuliani
TAHMO’s solution for weather observation in Africa
R. Hochreutener, J. Selker, N. van de Giesen, F. Annor
Session 8: Round table on drones for hydrology     Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and hydraulics
F. Bandini, C. M. M. Kittel, B. Lüthi, M. Garcia, P. Bauer-Gottwein
Usage of drones in local governments: A case study of river stream monitoring
K. Mishev, A. Stojmenski, I. Mishkovski, D. Trajanov
Exploring the optimal setup for surface flow velocity measurements using PTV
S. Manfreda, S. Dal Sasso
Thermal particle tracers for very shallow overland flow velocities
B. Mujtaba, J. L. M. P. de Lima
Image-based non-contact flow monitoring for communities at risk
M. Perks, A. Russell, A. Large