Background of WaterPACT

Currently, the research in water prediction and control is fragmented into two main disciplines: control theory and water resources engineering. Despite of occasional collaborations between the relevant research communities and the growing request of multidisciplinary profiles by the industrial world, most academic research programs and curricula are structured around a single disciplinary perspective.

Management tools coming from the water community are mainly based on using high fidelity models and simulators to model and forecast the main hydrological and socio-economic variables and to support decision-making by “what if” analysis on a very limited, often empirically based, number of management alternatives. On the other hand, management tools coming from the control community utilize simplified representation of the physical processes like conceptual, reduced and statistical models, and combine them with off-line and on-line control strategies to derive optimal or quasi-optimal management strategies.

WaterPaCT intends to break these disciplinary and sectorial walls by creating a cohesive network of leading scientists from most of the core disciplines in both the water and the control communities.