Currently, PULSAQUA is involved in the following Citizen Science projects:

Drinkable Rivers European Edition

PULSAQUA is contributing to the Drinkable Rivers European Edition together with WaterLab.  The Drinkable Rivers initiative aims to engage as many people as possible to take water quality measurements of rivers in Europe in order to improve the rivers health together. We have helped design the new measurement toolkit and engaged with 32 Hubs in more then 17 countries in Europe. For more information about the project, the manual and the measurement kit, please visit the Drinkable Rivers website. Do you want to join in the measurements, then visit the WaterLab website, who is also a hub!

Currently we are also organizig a special measurement event for primary schoolchildren with the Science Nodes in the Netherlands, called AlleScholenVerzamelen!

This project contributes to SDG6: Water and Sanitation, and specifically to target 6.3: “By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally”


Schools and Satellites

At the start of this summer we won, together with a team of the TU Delft, TAHMO Ghana, GMet, and S4W, the CSEOLab competition to develop the project Schools and Satellites, SaS. Sas aims to better quantify and understand precipitation patterns in Ghana, West Africa. Understanding precipitation patterns is critical for water management anywhere. In West Africa, rain gauges are few and far between. Imagery from satellites like remote sensing data can be used to estimate precipitation and present a potential solution. However, current precipitation estimates from satellites for the region are very inaccurate. Improving the undestanding of precipitation patterns is especially important for food production and food security in the region. The goal of SaS is to use machine learning to improve these precipitation estimates from satellites; groundbased precipitation measurements will be needed to train and verificate the machine learning algorithm. For more information, please take a look at the pitch presentation we made to win the grant, or go to our webpage.

PULSAQUA will be responsible for the engagement process of schools and teachers and the educational module development, since the aim is to include high school students as citizen scientists. Interested to follow? Subscribe for the newsletter by sending me an email!

This project contributes to

  • SDG6: Water and Sanitation, and specifically to target 6.4: “Substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity”
  • SDG2: Zero Hunger, and specifically to target 2.3: “Double the agricultural productivity and incomes of small-scale food producers, in particular women, indigenous peoples, family farmers, pastoralists and fishers, including through secure and equal access to land, other productive resources and inputs, knowledge, financial services, markets and opportunities for value addition and non-farm employment”
  • SDG13: Climate Action, and specifically to target 13.3: “Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning”

Plastic pollution in the Dutch estuaries

Together with WaterLab, we are joining a cooperation with Rijkswaterstaat and two Dutch Applied Universities to design and develop a citizen science project to monitor plastic waste in Dutch estuaries. Currently the project is in the feasibility study stage, where we are doing several studies together with students from the TU Delft on a system analysis and a stakeholder mapping, in order to advise with whom and when and where to focus the monitoring observatory. Visit also the WaterLab page (in Dutch) that describes the project.

This project contributes to SDG14: Life Below Water, and specifically to target 14.1: “By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution”


PULSAQUA is furthermore contributing to:


Finished projects and deliverables

Projects and deliverables performed in 2019:

  • Advising on a partnership between WAMUNET and UNESCO IHP
  • Evaluating the MoU between IHE Delft Institute for Water Education and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management
  • Designing and organizing the International Workshop: Defining a national information strategy for SDG6 monitoring
  • A masterclass on Citizen Science for national SDG6 monitoring

In the previous years, we have gained much experience in water-related citizen science projects. Three contributions in specific I would like to highlight here.

  1. WaterLab: Development of a Citizen Science Platform
  2. Sandwatch: Researching the feasability for implementing the UNESCO initiative Sandwatch in the Netherlands
  3. FreshWaterWatch: contributing as local researcher in The Hague