The Flemish Environment Agency (or VMM) contributes as an agency of the Flemish government for a better environment in Flanders. Its Division Operational Water Management is competent for the maintenance, investment and renovation works of the non-navigable watercourses in catchments larger than 50 km2. In support of these tasks, a performant set of operational instruments over the last 10 years for monitoring and predicting the status of the rivers has been developed, including a wide range of monitoring networks (> 400 sites), off-line and real-time hydraulic models (> 1000 km) and a comprehensive real-time flood warning system. Next to these instruments, the VMM has commissioned research on model predictive control to better manage the flows under extreme conditions in the Demer basin (2334 km2), which has suffered serious floods during the last decennia (1998, 2002, 2010).
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Vansteenkiste, Thomas; Dewelde, Joost; Defloor, Willem; Devroede, Neel; and Cauwenberghs, Kris
"On the necessity of a Joint Open Environment for operational hydrology across Europe,"
Open Water Journal: Vol. 2
, Article 25.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/openwater/vol2/iss1/25