Towards systematic planning of small-scale hydrological intervention-based research
K. E. R. Pramana, M. W. Ertsen, and N. C. van de Giesen
Water Resources Section, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
Received: 18 Aug 2015 – Accepted for review: 24 Aug 2015 – Discussion started: 18 Sep 2015
Abstract. Many small-scale water development initiatives are accompanied by hydrological research to study either the shape of the intervention or its impacts. Humans influence both, and thus one needs to take human agency into account. This paper focuses on the effects of human actions in the intervention and its associated hydrological research, as these effects have not yet been discussed explicitly in a systematic way. In this paper, we propose a systematic planning, based on evaluating three hydrological research projects in small-scale water intervention projects in Vietnam, Kenya, and Indonesia. The main purpose of the three projects was to understand the functioning of interventions in their hydrological contexts. Aiming for better decision-making on hydrological research in small-scale water intervention projects, we propose two analysis steps: (1) being prepared for surprises and (2) cost-benefit analysis. By performing the two analyses continuously throughout a small-scale hydrological intervention based project, effective hydrological research can be achieved.
Pramana, K. E. R., Ertsen, M. W., and van de Giesen, N. C.: Towards systematic planning of small-scale hydrological intervention-based research, Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss., 12, 9489-9569, doi:10.5194/hessd-12-9489-2015, 2015.