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Project Spatial Tools for River basins and Environment and Analysis of Management options

Development of an Integrated River Basin Management Tool based on GIS techniques for the purpose of analysing and developing management strategies in large Transboundary River Basins.

Project number n/a
Acronym STREAM
Geographical coverage Netherlands, India, Bangladesh
Budget (in €) 0
Programme The National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management (RIKZ)
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Objectives STREAM is an instrument for river basin studies with emphasis on management aspects. It can be used to assess the present water availability in the basin and compare these to future demands of water resources. It furthermore enables the analysis of water resource related 'issues and processes' in a river basin by identifying the key interrelated water resource issues.
STREAM is built around a spatial distributed hydrological model for simulating the water balance in larger river basins. Current modules comprise saltwater intrusion in the delta, an ecological module for mangrove habitats and socio-economic scenario development. This GIS based model allows for the analysis of vulnerability to exogenous influences like climate change and human interventions such as de- and afforestation, irrigation and dredging.
STREAM is used to assess the impacts of these changes on the natural resources of the basin and the use of these resources by the population within the basin. STREAM enables rapid water resources assessment and is designed to be applied on any river basin.

STREAM is currently being used in Bangladesh and India for analysis of climate change scenarios and saltwater intrusion issues in the delta such as Mangrove habitat suitability studies in the Sundarbans, Fish and shrimp productivity, Drinking water suitability.
Period [01/01/1994 - 31/12/2000]